Driver in Fatal Bus Crash Once Barred from Job - **UPDATE**

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A newspaper has obtained a memo showing the driver of a full school bus that crashed and killed a student once admitted having a medical condition that barred him from the job.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday that Timothy Kelly told school administrators in June he was an insulin-dependent diabetic. State law prevents drivers from having that condition because it can cause unconsciousness or disorientation.

After being told he couldn't work, Kelly gave the Gadsden County School District a doctor's note saying he was taking other medication. An investigation found Kelly was slumped over the wheel and may not have braked at all before slamming into a tree Monday. A 17-year-old student died a day later, and several others were seriously injured.


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  • by George Location: Lynn Haven on Mar 12, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    I don't think it matters who's at fault. Both the driver and the doctor should be charged with the heaviest penalty possible- manslaughter. I say 30 years. Both the driver and the doctor knew better, so the consequence should be prison. Plus, whoever is in charge of the bus drivers should be indicted as well and pay some money to the family. I can smell a lawsuit...
  • by JAMES Location: PANAMA CITY on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    IN MY VIEW EITHER THE DR. OR THE DRIVER SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER. THE MAN KNEW AHEAD OF TIME THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING EVEN WITH A DR. NOTE BUT IF THE NOTE WAS REAL THE DR. IS AT FAULT JUST AS MUCH AS THE DRIVER IN THIS CASE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE FAMILIES INVOLVED, I WOULD DIE IF I LOST ONE OF MY CHILDREN... AND POSSIBLY SOMEONE ELSE WOULD TOO.
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