Huntsville church bus driver involved in fatal crash pleaded guilty

Jerry Sims pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges

Huntsville church bus driver involved in fatal crash pleaded guilty
A bus from Mount Zion baptist Church in Huntsville crashed in Atlanta. (Source: NBC)

FULTON COUNTY, GA (WAFF) - The man driving a Huntsville church bus that crashed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017 pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges in a Georgia courtroom Friday.

The bus was carrying a load of missionaries from Huntsville’s Mount Zion Baptist Church when it overturned and crashed in 2017. The bus was one of two carrying passengers to the Atlanta airport to leave on a mission trip to Africa.

17-year-old Sarah Harmening was killed in the crash.

Jerry Sims attorney Jason Swindle confirmed his client pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide 2nd degree and improper lane change. Sims was sentenced to probation under Georgia’s First Offender Act according to the attorney.

“It is important to note that Alabama does not have such a law. Traffic accidents like this in Alabama are not criminal offenses,” said Swindle said in a statement, “They are accidents.”

Swindle also said, “I would like to reiterate that this case is a tragedy. I have prayed for the Harmening family since the accident took place. Jerry Sims and his family have prayed as well.”

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