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Driver pleads guilty in fatal school bus crash

Posted April 8, 2010 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2010 4:54 p.m. EDT

— 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.