Carlisle Bus Driver Guilty of Reckless Homicide
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Jurors in the trial of the school bus driver Anita Roach have found her guilty of reckless homicide and have recommended a sentence of one year in prison.
Roach was facing charges stemming from a wreck last year that killed a 6-year-old passenger, Logan Simpson of Kirbyton. The jury Wednesday heard emotional testimony from Anita Roach about the crash and the aftermath.
Roach was driving first- and second-graders from Carlisle County Elementary back from a field trip on May 16th of last year when the wreck happened on US 62 near Cunningham. Roach said that she swerved toward a deer when she ran off the road, causing the bus to slide, flip and then roll. However, witnesses said they did not see a deer.
The trial centered around whether Roach was impaired due to prescription drugs in her system the day of the wreck.
A grand jury indicted Roach in December on one count of second-degree manslaughter; two counts of second-degree assault for serious injuries to Donna Wilson and Brooke Kelly, adults on the bus; three counts of fourth-degree assault in connection with minor injuries to three students; and 19 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment relating to the remaining children riding on the bus. She was found not guilty of those charges.
Roach will be sentenced July 19 by judge Tim Langford.