The school bus driver in a January crash in Athens, Texas, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.

School bus driver charged in Texas crash that killed a middle school student

June 4, 2019
John Stevens, 78, who was driving an Athens school district bus, faces charges of criminally negligent homicide in the January 2019 death of Christopher Bonilla, 13.

The man driving an Athens (Texas) school district bus involved in a crash that killed a middle school student has been indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child.

CBS DFW reports that John Stevens, 78, of Mabank, has been released on $10,000 bond,

The crash occurred on Jan. 25 at about 4:30 p.m. when the bus stopped before crossing the railroad tracks at Cream Level Road in Athens.

After the bus started to move forward, the train hit the left side of the bus, pushing the bus toward the next crossing. The bus hit signs and a railroad gate before the train and bus came to a rest near the North Murchison Street crossing.

Besides Stevens, two students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Christopher Bonilla, 13, a middle school student, was ejected from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene. Joselyne Torres, 9, an elementary school student, sustained serious injuries. 

Stevens was taken to a local hospital, treated for his injuries and released the same day.

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