9-year-old Cordayja Jones lost her life in the Chattanooga school bus crash

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Cordayja Jones

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Family members have identified another victim of the fatal Chattanooga school bus crash.

Cordayja Jones was nine years old.

LaFrederick Thirkill has asked for prayers for her niece and other members of the family.

Zyanna Harris, 10, was the first victim identified.

Five elementary students died, and many were hurt when the school bus crashed and wrapped around a tree.

Twelve students are still hospitalized, six in ICU.

We are told relatives of all the victims have been identified.

Investigators say the 24-year-old man driving the bus was going way too fast.

A preliminary police report indicates the driver, Johnthony Walker, was driving too fast.

Walker is employed by Durham School Services, which also runs school buses for Shelby County Schools.

Walker is charged with five counts of vehicular manslaughter.

The police report states “The defendant was traveling at high rate of speed on Talley Road, which is a narrow winding road. Based on witness statements and physical evidence the defendant was driving the school bus at a high rate of speed, well above the posted speed limit of 30 MPH.”

Four girls and one boy were killed in the crash.

Thirty-five students from Woodmore Elementary School were on the bus at the time of the crash.


Cordayja Jones

Cordayja Jones