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Driver in fatal Houston County school bus crash arrested on additional charges

Arlana Haynes family talks about accident, thanks police

Mother and father of Parkwood Elementary School student Arlana Haynes who was killed in bus accident hold news conference, thank Warner Robins police.
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Mother and father of Parkwood Elementary School student Arlana Haynes who was killed in bus accident hold news conference, thank Warner Robins police.

A Houston County school bus driver charged with vehicular homicide in a January crash was arrested Tuesday on additional charges, jail records show.

Shalita Jackson Harris, 30, of Warner Robins, was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in February. She has been free on a $10,000 bond pending trial.

In May, Harris was indicted on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane — and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest on the new charges, Houston County Superior Court records show.

Tuesday morning, Harris was arrested on the additional charges and released on the original bond within an hour. It’s unclear why the arrest was made nearly five months after the bench warrant was issued.

The vehicular homicide charge is a felony. The other charges are misdemeanors. “No driving” was the only condition of the bond order. A court date has not been set yet.

Arlana Haynes, a Parkwood Elementary School first-grader, was critically injured in the Jan. 29 crash and died early the next morning at the Medical Center, Navicent Health.

Harris was driving a 2000 Bluebird school bus north on Forest Park Drive when she entered a left curve too fast and began to exit the roadway toward the right, police said. The bus left the roadway and rolled onto its side.

Arlana was ejected from the bus.

A lawsuit against Harris and Houston County schools filed in March alleges Harris was reckless and negligent.

Angie Coggins, chief assistant public defender in Houston County, could not be reached for comment.

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