Driver in fatal church bus crash charged with vehicular homicide - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Driver in fatal church bus crash charged with vehicular homicide

Sarah Harmening on the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus before the fatal crash (Source: Austin McBride) Sarah Harmening on the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus before the fatal crash (Source: Austin McBride)
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A bus from Mount Zion baptist Church in Huntsville crashed in Atlanta. (Source: NBC) A bus from Mount Zion baptist Church in Huntsville crashed in Atlanta. (Source: NBC)
ATLANTA, GA (WAFF) -

Fulton County police say the bus driver in last week's fatal crash in Atlanta, Georgia now faces charges.

The bus from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville was taking students to the airport for a mission trip to Africa. It clipped another vehicle, lost control and overturned.

A student on the bus, 17-year-old Sarah Harmening, was killed.

READ MORE: Student killed, multiple injured in Huntsville church bus crash in Atlanta

Fulton County police say the driver, Jerry Sims, is still in the hospital. Officers say they are still waiting to interview him, but have charged him with second-degree homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lanes.

The driver's attorney released a statement on Wednesday night:

My client, Jerry Sims, has been charged with Failure to Maintain Lane and Homicide by Vehicle - 2nd Degree.  These charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses because neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the accident.  Jerry, who is still recovering in the hospital, has received nothing but love and support from the families affected by the accident and the fellowship of the entire Christian community

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