Craven Co Schools to pay legal fees in fatal bus accident case

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Craven County Schools will be covering the legal fees for one of their teacher assistants involved in fatal bus accident, according to a district spokeswoman.

In December 2014, Tawana Lewis was driving New Bern High School students back from a championship game.

Troopers say during a U-turn on Highway 70 in Goldsboro, the driver of a GMC Blazer, Fabiel Betancourt, did not hit the brakes and crashed into the bus. The 40-year-old died at the scene.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Wagner told WNCT the school board approved only to cover the costs of representation for Lewis.

The Wayne County Clerk’s Office says on September 23, prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge.

The office says that same day, the court found her responsible for a failure to yield charge. She was fined $35 dollars and instructed to pay court costs.

Wagner says Lewis is still a teacher assistant and the school district re-instated her as a substitute bus driver on October 13.

The district has yet to receive an invoice for the attorney’s fees.

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