A female motorist suspected of causing a serious bus crash on I-85 in Gwinnett County on the 24th of December has been denied bond. Lawrenceville-resident Joy Christine Wilson has been charged with felony hit and run and DUI.
The accident occurred when Wilson crashed her Honda Accord into a small passenger bus belonging to a organization called “Just People Inc.” Just before she struck the bus, witnesses on I-85 reported that a black Accord was being driven recklessly. As a result of the impact, the bus flipped over and crashed into a guardrail. There were 14 people in the bus, including the driver, and three of these people were seriously injured. These injuries have been reported to be life threatening.At least 9 other victims also suffered less serious injuries. Wilson stopped for a brief moment after the accident, but left the scene before police arrived. She returned to the scene, and was taken into custody.
What makes this accident especially heartrending is that the victims in the bus were people with developmental disabilities. Just People Inc. provides support services to such adults, and at the time of the accident, the bus was apparently taking these people to an art class.
It’s always sad when serious accidents occur during Christmas time, and especially when the victims involved have special needs and are likely to be extremely traumatized by the incident. Unfortunately, the season for good cheer also seems to be the season for intoxicated driving and other reckless driving behavior by motorists.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this bus accident who continue to receive treatment in the hospital.