BARDWELL — A jury in Western Kentucky has found a former bus driver guilty of reckless homicide in a crash last year that killed a 6-year-old student.
A Carlisle County jury Thursday found Anita Roach guilty of one count of reckless homicide in the death of Logan Simpson.
Roach was driving a Carlisle County bus that was returning students to school after a field trip.
She was found not guilty on charges of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and 19 counts of wanton endangerment, The Paducah Sun reported.
Roach took the witness stand on Wednesday and testified through tears that she asked God why she didn't die instead of the boy.
"I just kept thinking, God, why didn't you take me and let that little boy live?" she said.
The crash on May 16, 2011, occurred on U.S. 62 near Cunningham. After Roach swerved to the right side of the road, she overcorrected and drove sharply to the left, sending the bus rolling. Roach said she woke up after the crash, injured and not knowing what happened, and saw Logan's body.
During her testimony Wednesday, she looked in the direction of Logan's family after explaining the scene and told them she wished it had been her.
"I'd have died that day for your son to live, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson," she said.
The crash injured 20 other students and adults.
Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Stacy sought to show that two prescription drugs Roach was taking — Prozac and klonopin — or her pre-existing medical conditions were to blame for the crash. Roach's defense team said the crash was purely an accident and that Roach was competent at the time.
Her attorney, Will Kautz, called several of Roach's regular passengers, as well as the bus garage mechanic, other drivers and the Carlisle County Schools transportation director as witnesses. They all testified that they did not notice Roach acting impaired the day of the wreck and that she is typically a decent driver.