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School bus driver charged in fatal crash

Posted January 15, 2009 10:06 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.