Bus driver involved in deadly wreck goes before judge

December 28, 2009 2:40:37 PM PST
A 65-year-old bus driver at the wheel of a school bus that killed an Aldine High School student went before a judge Monday. Nellie Cormier stood before a judge on a charge negligent homicide. In April, a bus driven by Cormier struck and killed a McArthur High School freshman who just got off the bus. The bus hit he girl and dragged her for a few feet. She died at the scene.

"I have no reason to disbelieve that she feels horrible about what happened," said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Catherine Evans. "It's the question, is the behavior criminally negligent and certainly, the district attorney has proceeded in seeking an indictment. The grand jury agreed with that."

Cormier remains free on $30,000 bond and has not hired an attorney. She faces six to 24 months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted.