Johnthony Walker, 24, and his attorney, Amanda Dunn, spoke to Judge Lila Statom at a recent hearing. (Photo: Staff)

A parent of a child injured in the recent school bus crash has filed a lawsuit againstthe vehicle’s driver and Durham School Services, the company that contracts buses for Hamilton County.

The crash killed six Woodmore Elementary School students.

The lawsuit, filed by Shanquatta Byrd, alleges that JohnthonyWalker“was driving at an excessive speed and lost control of the bus, causing it to flip over” and that Byrd’s daughter “suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries as a result of the incident.”

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The suit alleges that Walker was “grossly negligent and reckless” because he failed to exercise due care, was driving too fast and was outside his lane.

The suit also asserts that he violated state commercial vehicle regulations, as well as Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.

The lawsuit also says that Durham is liable for Walker’s actions and that the company was independently negligent by hiring, training and entrusting Walker, among other reasons.

Walker is facing multiple charges, including at least five counts of vehicular homicide.

Click here to read about the first lawsuit and here to read about the second one.

Click here and here for more background.

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