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School bus driver charged in fatal crash

Posted January 15, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Police on Thursday charged a Wake County school bus driver in a Jan. 5 wreck that killed another driver.

Trumeka Deon Wilson, 28, of 133 Hunt Club Lane, Apt. B in Raleigh, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Fatal Jeep-school bus wreck_01 Fatal wreck leads to charge against bus driver

Wilson had dropped off students at Cedar Fork Elementary School and was westbound on Morrisville-Carpenter Road when the bus ran off the right side of the road and she overcorrected, police said. The bus crossed the center line and struck the driver's side of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.

The Jeep driver, Lincoln Ross Woods, 25, of Cary, died in the crash. Woods was a Marine who worked as an air traffic controller at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"It's just one of those situations where one mistake led to the death of a person," Capt. Mike Williams of the Cary Police Department said.

Wilson and an independent witness told police a silver Taurus ran a stop sign at Good Hope Church Road. Wilson and the witness said she swerved to avoid the Taurus and hit Woods' Jeep, and the driver of the Taurus kept going, they said.

A police investigation determined that the Taurus wasn't a contributing factor to the wreck, Williams said.

"We still would love to talk to the person that was operating that Taurus, but we have determined that was not a significant factor in causing the accident," he said.

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  • endless Jan 15, 2009

    ur good. i didnt get that she was on a cell phone just by her pic..check ---wakemom

    wakemom - How do you think TheAdmiral did it? Just by looking at the picture - wow. Cause she is a female? black? youngish?

    I have looked and looked at the pic and justc annot do it. Someday I will be as good as TheAdmiral in assuming things about people just by looking at their face!

  • AtALost Jan 15, 2009

    Accidents often happen because people are careless. I frequently see people dialing, texting, turning around to grab something, when they're driving. There should be stricter punishments when you hit someone else. While there were no kids on the bus, there could have been. All of you saying 'it was just an accident', would you feel the same if a cop shot someone while he accidently unholstered his weapon? What if a daycare worker accidentally dropped a child on its head?

  • AtALost Jan 15, 2009

    For those who missed the original story, there were no children on the bus. But if there are and they're acting up, do what many parents should do - pull off the road and deal with it. Too many drivers don't respect the damage they can do when not paying attention on the road.

  • bus driver Jan 15, 2009

    Just a note...most buses in NC do NOT have permanent cameras. Cameras are moved from bus to bus when there are discipline issues that are severe. Buses in NC are only equipped to have cameras. A few years ago a study was done on the cost of installing and maintaining cameras. It was prohibitive.

    Many counties in NC provide drivers with communication devices such as 2 way radios or cell phones, with restricted usage, for emergency use between the driver and the school or bus depots. Just because a picture of this driver showed her on a cell phone outside of the bus doesn't mean she was using it on the bus when it was in motion.

    As much as safe and defensive driving skills are drilled into our heads time and again, no one can predict how they will react when they have to act defensively in a sudden change in a driving situation.

    Finally, some bus drivers do disobey basic safety driving skills, but many more are extremely safe. Do not lump all bus drivers into one group.

  • AtALost Jan 15, 2009

    The bus driver should have hit the Taurus. Then the driver of the Taurus would have been at fault. Swerving off the road and then over correcting was the fault of the bus driver.

  • wakemom Jan 15, 2009

    Let's see here. Had an accident - Check.

    Covered it up by trying to blame someone else - check. Was there a cell phone involved? - By her picture - Check.

    Saying an old lady driving a taurus did it - check.

    Sounds like Premeditated Second Degree murder, Conspiracy to commit murder, intentionally lying during a police investigation, and alot more charges she has earned.
    TheAdmiral

    ur good. i didnt get that she was on a cell phone just by her pic..check

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 15, 2009

    I don't think there ever was another vehicle involved and if it was, I don't think it caused the accident. The bus driver still was a fault and should be charged. Knowing your surroundings and your reaction time increases. If everyone would just slow down, concentrate on driving instead of doing whatever else, more accidents could be avoided. The bus driver was clearly at fault and should be held accountable for her actions.

  • Eaglekeeper Jan 15, 2009

    "On the newer busses there are cameras that face the students AND there is a camera on the driver. The pictures from the cameras are very clear and there is also audio on these cameras. There should be no question as to what actually happened.
    janeybelle
    January 15, 2009 2:38 p.m."

    Nope...wrong.

    Could you provide some bus numbers that you've seen the cameras on?

  • Journey985 Jan 15, 2009

    WOW...Seems I was correct last week when I posted they should look at the driver more carefully. I am truely sorry for the families, but next time all you speculators on here jump to conclusions, you may want to know all the facts.

  • Paladin2 Jan 15, 2009

    Drivers should be aware of their surroundings and what's ahead or may be approaching. You just don't swerve to try to miss a dog or car without knowing what is approaching in the other lane ahead of time.

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