- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Web exclusive: updated 4:26 p.m.

Jurors took barely two hours today to clear the driver of an Arlington school bus of all charges in a fatal crash last year.

Pamela Sims dabbed at her eyes and shook slightly as the verdict was read in Circuit Court.

Miss Sims was acquitted of charges of reckless driving and failing to pay full attention in the April 18 accident between her school bus and a garbage truck.

She was driving an Arlington school bus with 15 children on board to Hoffman-Boston Elementary School when the crash occurred. Two children died from injuries they suffered in the collision.

Outside the courtroom today, Miss Sims said she was relieved and that she would never put children in harm’s way. But she said she will never drive a school bus again.

Jurors declined to comment.

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