Bus crash toxicology tests back

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Toxicology test results show the driver accused of triggering a December interstate bus crash that injured 14 was drunk at the time, police said Wednesday.

Blood tests by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation show Joy Christine Wilson, 32, had a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit for driving when she hit a bus full of disabled adults Dec. 23, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly.

Kelly requested that Wilson's exact level not be reported.

Police say Wilson's Honda hit the bus, causing the bus to slam into an Interstate 85 guardrail and tip over. The impact injured everyone on board, three critically.

The bus, owned by Just People Inc., was part of a caravan traveling from Norcross to an art class in Hoschton. Twelve passengers were hospitalized.

The Norcross-based not-for-profit provides support services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Wilson stopped briefly before fleeing the crash site and was apprehended by police a short time later, authorities said.

A Magistrate Court judge bound charges against Wilson to Superior Court for a possible indictment last month. She faces a dozen criminal charges and traffic violations.

Among Wilson's six felony counts are charges of serious injury by vehicle and failure to return to an accident scene.