Police in Fulton County, Georgia are now bringing charges against the driver of a Church bus from Alabama which was involved in a tragic crash.
One young woman Sarah Harmening, age 17, was killed and 39 others injured when their church bus overturned on Camp Creek Parkway last Thursday in Fulton County, Georgia. The driver of the bus, Jerry Sims, is reportedly still in the hospital.
The Alabama Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama was traveling through the region via bus when the accident happened. Members if the congregation said many of the teenagers suffer broken bones, fractures, and internal injuries. The majority of the surviving victims have been released from the hospital already.
Sims’ lawyer, Jason W. Swindle Sr., released the following statement late Wednesday night that stated, "My client, Jerry Sims, has been charged with Failure to Maintain Lane and Homicide by Vehicle, 2nd Degree. These charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses because neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the accident. Jerry, who is still recovering in the hospital, has received nothing but love and support from the families affected by the accident and the fellowship of the entire Christian community."
Police officials stated that the bus attempted to change lanes on the freeway when it hit a Chrysler, which caused the bus driver to steer left and lose control. The bus then swerved and entered into an uneven median and rolled over, The bus than began to stick upside down and the bus slid into a Mercedes that was traveling in the westbound lanes, according to investigators.
The crash happened at around 3:30 PM in broad daylight police said.
The members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church from Huntsville, Alabama was carrying student missionaries who were on their way to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport headed into Africa for a missionary trip.