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Driver In Deadly School Bus Crash Faces 21 More Charges

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 14:08:15-04

The driver in a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six elementary students on board in November 2016 has now been facing 21 additional charges.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office said prosecutors filed 14 counts of reckless aggravated assault and seven counts of assault against 24-year-old Johnthony Walker on Wednesday.

Melydia Clewell, a spokeswoman for District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, also said that prosecutors had returned to a grand jury Tuesday to present more evidence.

Walker has been facing 34 total charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide.

Walker's defense attorney, Amanda Dunn, declined comment to the Times Free Press on the additional charges. Dunn said she still plans to file a diversion application, which could get Walker's case dismissed after he completes probation, community service, or other treatment, pending judicial approval.