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Authorities Arrest Driver Involved In Fatal Robeson School Bus Collision

Posted February 12, 2004 11:07 a.m. EST

— A truck driver involved in a collision with a school bus in Robeson County that killed a young girl was taken into custody Thursday morning.

State troopers met with the Robeson County district attorney Wednesday and obtained a warrant for misdemeanor death by vehicle for Gary Kendall Garnett.

Authorities say he was driving a truck for Mountaire Farms when he crashed into the back of a school bus in January, killing Sheila Hernandez. Hernandez's mother was seriously hurt, but she has since been released from the hospital.

Mountaire Farms later fired Garnett, who has a record of traffic violations.

Garnett was being taken to the magistrate's office in Robeson County for processing.