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Driver pleads guilty in fatal school bus crash

Posted April 8, 2010

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— A former Wake County school bus driver pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in connection with a December wreck that killed a Raleigh firefighter.

Sheila Wimbush Hall, 52, of Garner, pleaded guilty after being charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and a judge ordered her to pay $100 in fines and court costs.

The crash was an accident, the state said.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Hall crossed the center line on Ligon Mill Road near Louisburg Road in Raleigh, collided with a westbound station wagon and then struck a truck driven by Lt. Harry P. Flip Kissinger IV, 35, of Wake Forest.

Kissinger's widow said after the hearing that she feels sorry for Hall and hopes that everyone involved in the wreck can heal and get their lives back to normal.

A lieutenant at Fire Station 6 in Raleigh, Kissinger suffered numerous injuries, including severe head trauma. He died Dec. 11.

Hall was an employee of the Wake County Public School System since May 2006. She resigned a week after the crash, school system spokesman Greg Thomas said.

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  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 8, 2010

    And you know, Jill has had a heart of gold thru this whole ordeal. She's always thought of the many others who are surrounding her. She's praying for THEIR peace and understanding. She's not crying woe-is-me, she's praying for peace, understanding and healing for everyone else. She is one amazing woman that anyone who knows her should be extremely proud to call a friend. She showed her humbleness after this hearing by saying she just wants everyone to heal and move on. God Bless that young woman, she's amazing. Those girls are SO lucky to have her. Their Daddy will live on thru her and all his friends. He's gone from our physical lives but he's not forgotten in our memories. Love you, Flip, you were & still are the best "brother" I've ever had.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 8, 2010

    An accident is an accident is an accident but come on, really? Her carelessness caused Jill to lose her husband, Abbie & Hannah to lose their Daddy, Mr&Mrs.K to lose their son, RFD to lose a beloved brother who means more than the public could ever really comprehend, countless other neighbors & friends to lose their friend and she's let off with $100 and what, $135 in court costs? BA-FRICKIN-NANAS I say! Nothing will bring our "Flip" back but the "pricetag" on his life is less than $250? Un-frickin-real!

  • Nunya123 Apr 8, 2010

    Terrible for all involved.

  • imback Apr 8, 2010

    Ligon Mill is a bad road. Drive carefully.

  • FromClayton Apr 8, 2010

    so sad for everyone involved.

  • Madman at the Wheel Apr 8, 2010

    Miss you, Flip!

    Class of '92