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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:36 PM

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Driver In Fatal Bus Crash In Chattanooga Found Guilty Of Negligent Homicide

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVF) -- The driver of a fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 2016, was found guilty of negligent homicide Thursday, CBS affiliate WTVF reports.

Johnthony Walker faced 34 total charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide. Those charges came as a result of the six Woodmore Elementary School children who died in the crash.

Authorities said Walker was speeding when the bus carrying 37 children crashed.

Walker testified Wednesday that he didn't leave his traffic lane in the crash, and he said he wasn't on his cellphone when the crash happened. Walker said he was traveling 35 mph when he came upon a curve, and another vehicle dipped into his lane.

Chattanooga police officer Joe Warren testified Tuesday that no evidence suggested the second vehicle was in Walker's lane. Warren estimated Walker was traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.