- The driver of an 18-wheeler that struck a stopped Bradford County school bus on U. 301 in September 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.
Shannon Ford, 37, pleaded no contest to four counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, but at his sentencing hearing he blamed Mo's Trucking, which owned the truck, for the crash, saying the company did not properly maintain the truck.
“She was in the tub, it was not water but she was in the tub,” relative Manjinder Singh said.
Neighbors said Ashdeep moved from India to be in the care of her father and his wife three months ago.
He wanted to play football and join the Marine Corps, but he won’t be able to do either, his mother said.
Swanson described how she wrapped a T-shirt around his head to contain the bleeding.
I’m forever traumatized by the screams and the sights that I’ve seen that day,” Swanson said Wednesday in court.
“I will forever be damaged, and I don’t know if I’ll ever feel whole again.”Swanson rushed to aid her students in the back of the bus, including Jackson and another student, Jessica.“I watched the color leave Jessica’s face, and she’s telling me to tell her momma that she loves her,” Swanson said.
He admitted he punched Ford when Ford got out of his truck and said he didn’t do anything wrong.“It just took so much out of me, seeing it outside, but seeing the video inside the bus, those kids got hurled around,” Jamerson said.
“That just brought me to tears.” Swanson said the images of her students being violently tossed around the back of the bus are burned into her memory.“The emotional aspect of this wreck has almost been unbearable at times.
The medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of Ashdeep’s death.
Police said she was found naked and bruised inside her home on 112th Street Friday evening.
Seven of the 15 students, along with the bus driver, 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Swanson, of Starke, were injured and taken to various hospitals.