School Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Was Texting

2 kids and a teacher's aide were killed in Tennessee accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2015 6:22 AM CDT
School Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Was Texting
Authorities work the scene of an accident involving two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)

A Tennessee school bus driver was texting at the time of a crash that killed two young girls and an aspiring teacher last year, say accident investigators. James Davenport had sent and received multiple text messages leading up to the time the two buses collided in December, Knoxville police said in a written statement. Officers have met with the victims' families to inform them of the results of the investigation. Police said they were informed that Davenport died this week as they were nearing the conclusion of their investigation. Knox County Sheriff's officials said he apparently died of natural causes, but an autopsy was ordered for Davenport, who had sustained serious injuries in the crash.

The two buses were traveling in opposite directions on Asheville Highway when Davenport made a sudden left turn across the concrete median and crashed into the other bus taking children home from a primary school. Police identified the two children who were killed as Zykia Burns, 6, and Seraya Glasper, 7. Zykia's twin survived the crash. The adult was 46-year-old Kimberly Riddle, a teacher's aide. (In Michigan, a driver who killed a bicyclist has been barred from using a phone for two years.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.