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Charges filed in fatal collision with Wake school bus

Posted October 8, 2010 6:25 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2010 8:29 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have charged a teenager in connection with a fatal collision last week with a Wake County school bus.

David Lawrence Asato, 16, of Franklinton, was charged Friday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the Sept. 27 death of Jared Paul Williams, 14, of Raleigh.

Williams was a passenger in a Kia Asato was driving when, police say, he ran into the back of the bus on Falls of Neuse Road.

Asato and another passenger, Nolan Mayo Lundberg, 16, of Raleigh, were both injured.
According to a wreck report, the bus turning left onto Harps Mill Road from Falls of Neuse Road when Asato, traveling north on Falls of Neuse at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, hit the right rear of the bus.

The Kia ended up under the bus, and the collision forced the back of the bus into a 1999 Honda, which was waiting at the traffic light at Harps Mill Road, the report said.

No students were on the school bus at the time of the wreck, and the driver of the bus and the two people in the Honda were not injured.

There was no sign that Asato tried to brake or swerve to avoid the collision, the report stated.

Police also noted in the wreck report that Asato has a provisional driver's license, meaning he is prohibited under North Carolina law from having more than one non-family passenger in his car.