Closing arguments in case of bus stop accident that killed 11-year-old

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The trial of a pastor accused of passing a stopped school bus, hitting and killing an 11-year-old boy could go to the jury Tuesday.

Billy Rodger Bailey is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of 11-year-old Hasani Wesley on Dec. 19, 2012.

Monday a defense expert told the court the school bus was stopped 20 seconds before the flashing red lights came on and the stop arm came down.

The prosecution pointed out that the expert based his finishing on GPS data and never examined the bus or Bailey’s vehicle. Prosecutors also called several witnesses, including the school bus driver, who testified that the bus’ red lights were flashing and the stop arm was out before Hasani crossed the road.

Bailey testified last week he only saw yellow lights and didn’t think the bus had come to a stop. Prosecutors also argue, with the yellow lights flashing, Bailey may have been going too fast for the conditions.


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