Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 28, 2015
Over a two-year period, Knox County parents and educators filed more than a dozen complaints against a school bus driver, yet James Davenport was still behind the wheel of Bus 44 on Dec. 2 when it swerved into another bus, killing two students and a teacher’s aide. The complaints depict Davenport as a frequently late and verbally abusive driver who would tell children “to sit your (expletive) down and to shut the hell up.” … Derrick requested Davenport’s removal. At one point an administrator noted in the records that the contractor, Robert Burroughs, had been contacted and “the driver will not be on (Bus) 44 again.” … However, Davenport was at the wheel of Bus 44 on Dec. 2 when it crossed the median of Asheville Highway and struck Bus 57, driven by Joe Gallman, who was not licensed to drive a bus by himself. … Such silence during lawsuits is common and prudent, but nothing prevents Superintendent Jim McIntyre from instituting changes that could prevent similar situations in the future. For example, he could outline what additional steps the school system would take to make sure contractors actually remove problem drivers without compromising the schools’ legal position in the lawsuits. The school system must take every possible step to make its contractors and bus drivers accountable for the safety of Knox County school children.
Family makes new claims in amended bus crash lawsuit
Source: Lydia X. McCoy, Konxville News-Sentinel, July 8, 2015
Knox County Schools demonstrated a “systemic failure” of its student transportation system in the Dec. 2 bus crash that killed two Sunnyview Primary School students and a teacher’s aide, according to an amended wrongful death lawsuit filed this week. Ukennia Arinze, the mother of 6-year-old Zykia Burns who was killed in the crash, has added the school system, bus contractor Fawver Buses and Fawver driver Joe Gallman — who was driving the bus the three victims rode — to the lawsuit, which was initially filed last month in Knox County Circuit Court…Davenport, who died June 1 of apparent “natural causes,” was exchanging texts with a convicted prostitute at the moment of the crash when he should have been watching the road, police determined.
Police: Texting Cause of Fatal Tenn. School Bus Crash
Source: Jeanette Reveles, School Transportation News, June 5, 2015
The Knoxville (Tennessee) Police Department said in a statement Friday that a school bus crash last December that killed two students and teacher’s aide from Knox County Schools was caused by text messaging. “The results of the investigation have shown that the driver of bus #44, Mr. Davenport, was driving while distracted due to sending and receiving text messages,” the statement said. According to police, driver James Davenport sent and received multiple messages in the moments prior to the crash….James McIntyre, superintendent of Knox County Schools, said at a press conference that he was “outraged” to find out the cause of the accident, adding that the driver acted with “negligence, selfishness and stupidity.” McIntyre commented that the district’s transportation contracts are under review pending the results of the final investigation . He did not rule out potentially doing away with the contracts….
School bus driver involved in 2014 KCS crash dies
Source: WBIR, June 3, 2015
James Davenport, one of the bus drivers involved in the December 2014 Knox County school bus crash that killed two young students and a teacher’s aide, died Monday night. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office told WBIR 10News that authorities were called to his Maynardville Pike home where he lived with his mother at 8:47 p.m. Officials said at this point his cause of death is listed as a “natural death.”…