Bus driver's plea deadline postponed again from crash that injured Crockett students

Becky Campbell • Dec 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

A Washington County bus driver's plea deadline was reset again Tuesday for criminal charges from a 2012 bus crash that injured 39 David Crockett High School students.

Brenda K. Gray was scheduled to enter a plea in Washington County Criminal Court, but Judge Robert Cupp reset the case for March 7 to allow prosecutors to obtain raw crash data from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Cupp also set a trial date for March 20.

This morning's delay was the latest in a series of postponements in the case, the last coming Oct. 9 when Gray's new attorney, Clifton Corker, requested additional time. Gray’s original attorney, Michael LaGuardia, died just days before she was supposed to plead guilty in July.

Gray is charged with 39 counts of reckless aggravated assault in connection to the September 2012 crash.

The wreck happened around 3 p.m. on Mount Wesley Road just a short time after Gray left David Crockett High School. Investigators believe she was driving between 52 and 60 mph — nearly twice the 30 mph speed limit — when she went off the left side, then overcorrected and went off the right side of the road. The bus then turned over and rolled once as it slid to a stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrol traffic investigators determined Gray was speeding and at fault for the crash.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more on this developing story.

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