School bus driver in fatal Roswell crash appears in court

A school bus driver charged in a tragic wreck that killed two brothers in Roswell went before a judge Tuesday morning.

Authorities booked Charles Talmadge Pitts into the Fulton County jail on Monday. He’s charged with two misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and faces a stop sign violation, according to police.

The April 24 accident resulted in the deaths of 18-year-old James “Jim” Pratt and his 14-year-old brother, Joseph “Joe” Pratt.

The brothers were headed to the dentist when the wreck happened. They died on impact when their vehicle smashed into the side of a school bus carrying special needs students along Georgia Highway 92 (Woodstock Road) near West Road. According to Roswell police, the car they were in became lodged under the school bus after the wreck occurred.

None of the students on board the bus were injured.

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The Pratt boys were students at Lassiter High School in Marietta and members of the NJROTC program. They will also be acknowledged at the school’s commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 25.

Pitts turned himself into authorities last week, and had his first appearance hearing Tuesday morning.

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