Bus driver sentenced in Geist runner’s death

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — A bus driver who hit and killed a woman in Fishers back in May was sentenced on Friday.

According to court documents, David McCollum was charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, a Class C felony.

Police said 34-year-old Erin Harris of Fishers was walking northbound across a crosswalk near 116th Street and Olio Road when the school bus hit her on May 17. The bus, driven by McCollum, was pulling out of a parking lot at the time. According to court documents, the bus turned right, hit Harris and did not stop.

McCollum had been dropping runners off at the Geist Half Marathon that morning. He said he thought there was a baby stroller in the road, according to the account he gave detectives.

McCollum, who worked for Hamilton Southeastern School District, was placed on administrative leave while the investigation was conducted.

Harris was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. She died from her injuries several days later.

McCollum will be placed on electronic monitoring for two years and must pay $168.50 in court costs. He will also be on probation for two years.


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