Attorney General To Weigh School Bus Crash Charges

Teen Allegedly Speeding At Time of Crash

The Alabama Attorney General will decide if criminal charges are appropriate in the case involving a  a Phenix City School Bus crash.

Nearly two months after a Phenix City school bus was involved in a fatal crash on Alabama HWY 165,
the Phenix City Police Department says they’ve concluded their death investigation but their one page press release conveniently left out critical details like which driver was actually at fault.

Central Student Chris Rogers was driving on 165 the first week of school in his Ford Focus when he  collided with the Phenix City School Bus pulling out of the Misty Forrest subdivision. The senior class president died days later after he was removed from life support at a Columbus hospital.

Rogers was allegedly speeding at the time of the crash but Phenix City Police declined to confirm any details or release a preliminary crash report to First News. The police department did make clear their investigators would not be the agency to decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case.

The police department’s media release did not identify the Phenix City School bus driver by name but the male driver is related to an employee of the Russell County District Attorney’s office. Because of that detail, Phenix City police forwarded  the crash report to the Alabama Attorney General’s office in Montgomery for review.

The Russell County District Attorney has declined to comment on the matter citing the conflict of interest with his office.  A spokeswoman for the Alabama Attorney General’s office responded late Thursday to calls about this report.  The spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the case.


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