Driver of Mt. Zion Church bus identified, charged in connection to deadly crash

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A bus driver is now facing charges in connection to the deadly bus crash in the Atlanta area last week.

Members of Mt. Zion Church were on a bus on the way to a mission trip when the wreck occurred on Camp Creek Parkway on June 8, 2017.

Sarah Harmening, 17, was killed in the crash. More than 24 others were hospitalized.

Fulton County Police in Georgia have charged the driver with 2nd degree homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lane.

Authorities are still not releasing the driver's name.

But Jason Swindle, Sr. who says he is the driver's attorney, identified him through this statement to WHNT News 19:

"My client, Jerry Sims, has been charged with Failure to Maintain Lane and Homicide by Vehicle - 2nd Degree. These charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses because neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the accident. Jerry, who is still recovering in the hospital, has received nothing but love and support from the families affected by the accident and the fellowship of the entire Christian community."

Swindle said Sims is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church who is a good man and a volunteer church bus driver. He could not release Sims' medical condition in the hospital, but added that the Sims family is relying on God during this difficult time.

Police tell us they still have to interview the driver, and traffic investigators are still working on the crash report.