INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The driver of a bus that struck and killed an Indianapolis elementary school principal will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor announced Thursday.
The driver was not impaired by drugs or alcohol and there is no video of the incident, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in explaining his decision.
"Indiana law is clear that, in the absence of impairment, mere negligence does not give rise to a crime," a news release from Curry's office said.
The Jan. 27 accident on the city's far northeast side killed Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Jordan and injured two 10-year-old students who were outside the school bus. Witnesses have said Jordan pushed several students out of harm's way before being struck.
Prior to the incident, the driver had disengaged the parking brake and shifted the bus to go forward but the vehicle could not leave because of the location of another bus, the news release said. The bus began to move when the driver stood up from her seat.
An inspection of the bus at the scene did not find any mechanical defects, it said.
Students had boarded the bus before the incident but none of those aboard were injured.
School officials have said the bus driver had no history of moving violations or discipline issues and described her as a model employee.
Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith welcomed Curry's decision.
"We hope this represents another step toward healing for our school and our community," Smith said in a statement.
The Associated Press is not releasing the driver's name because no charges have been filed.