Arrest warrants have been issued for both drivers involved in last month's crash of a hotel shuttle and a tractor-trailer near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Seventeen people were hurt on the shuttle May 24 when the vehicle slammed into the big rig on Loop Road. Driver Yolanda Boles was among the injured.
College Park Police arrest warrants say Boles is being charged because she only has the equivalent of a commercial driver's license learning permit, meaning she's required to have a fully-licensed CDL driver on board with her whenever she's behind the wheel. That day, she did not.
The bus skidded 158 feet before the impact. Boles was the only one wearing a seat belt, and had to be extricated from behind the wheel. She faces three counts of serious injury by a motor vehicle, and charges of operating a vehicle without a proper license, improper tires, and operating an unsafe vehicle.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Mario Cochran, is being charged with making an illegal left turn. The warrant explains that he initiated his U-turn on Loop Road from the right-hand lane, which is illegal. It's not yet firmly determined whether the U-turn itself was legal on that stretch of road, as was first thought.
"We’re still talking with (state) traffic engineers because the road is not marked to prohibit a U-turn," College Park Police Sgt. Keith Stanley tells the AJC.
In addition to the left turn count, Cochran is also accused of three counts of serious injury by motor vehicle.