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DA's office now involved in Liberty County bus wreck investigation
Tom Durden
Tom Durden

 The investigation into a Liberty County school bus crash that killed 5-year-old Cambria Shuman now involves District Attorney Tom Durden.

The Atlantic Judicial Circuit DA said, however, that does not necessarily mean criminal charges will be filed against the driver. He did acknowledge he talked with the Georgia State Patrol’s lead investigators about the case.

“Any decisions are yet to be made,” Durden said Thursday. “We’re still investigating.”

He said that decision may lead to criminal charges against the driver, or those who were in charge of maintenance of the bus. The decision could also be to not file any charges.

Driver Evelyn Rodriguez, 62 was taking a busload of students to the Liberty County Pre-K Center and Taylors Creek Elementary School early Dec. 5 when the bus went off Ray Road near its intersection with Highway 196 in the Gum Branch area and crashed into a tree. The impact killed the one pre-K student and injured two dozen other students and the driver.

Durden said another wreck that killed a 3-year-old Wednesday in Long County slowed the investigation into the bus wreck.

“There are parts that still need to be cleared up with the crash reconstruction unit and crime lab,” the DA said. “Hopefully, we’ll have something in the next couple of weeks.”

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