First victim of deadly Chattanooga school bus crash identified


Zyanna Harris

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Family members have identified the first of the five children killed in a Chattanooga school bus crash.

WREG’s Michael Quander confirmed one of the victims is  10-year-old Zyanna Harris.

Zyanna’s stepfather confirmed her identity and talked with Michael about what happened and shared more about the little girl.

At least 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.

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