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Back Behind the Wheel

By Amanda Dickman in News on Apr 27, 2007 8:05PM

2007_4_bus.jpgThe woman driving the school bus that hit a fire engine and killed firefighter William Grant last month, got her driver's license back yesterday.

Darlene D. Lewis was given a ticket for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle in the accident on March 23. After handing over $250 for bond, she walked out of traffic court with her license. She is due back in court in June.

In the ten or so years that Lewis has had her bus driver's license, she has received multiple traffic tickets, including one in 2004 for failure to obey a yield sign and failure to reduce speed.

Witnesses say that right before Lewis' bus struck the fire engine, an 18-wheeler pulled into the lane to the left of the bus, obstructing her view of the engine. There is also a question of whether the engine ran a red light at the intersection, which would be a violation of department policy. Lewis' explanation of the events that led up to the fatal crash has not been released.

Chicagoist is certain that Lewis feels terrible for what happened, and maybe we're being a bit too harsh, but that's it? Really? A couple hundred bucks and you can get your license back after being involved in an accident that killed someone? Seems a little too easy.

Image via pantagrapher.