Court hearing for woman charged with hitting child, passing school bus delayed until 2019

Becky Campbell • Nov 28, 2018 at 6:23 PM

The Jonesborough woman charged with failing to stop for a school bus and hitting a child earlier this week waived her appearance in Washington County Sessions Court on Wednesday, and the case was reset until next year.

Attorney Roger Day told Judge James Nidiffer that state prosecutors had agreed Crystal Buchanan didn’t have to appear on Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Bill McManus confirmed that was the agreement.

The accident happened around 6:37 a.m. Tuesday at 1916 Tennessee Highway 81 S. near Jim Town Road and Baines Lane. Buchanan was traveling south on the highway while the Washington County school bus was headed north. The bus, according to a court document and a crash report, had come to a complete stop and had activated its safety devices to let motorists know it was stopped to pick up riders.

Investigators said a boy was crossing the road to board the bus, but Buchanan didn’t stop and hit the child, reports said. The boy was thrown several feet into a nearby ditch. He was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

The boy’s grandmother reportedly witnessed the incident.

Buchanan, 41, 2089 Ida Sue Drive, Jonesborough, told Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she didn’t see the child or the school bus with its flashing lights while it was stopped for the boy to get on the bus, according to court and police documents.

Buchanan was charged with reckless endangerment with serious injury or use of a deadly weapon and illegally passing a school bus.

Buchanan’s case was reset for Jan. 22, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.

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