School bus driver charged with vehicular manslaughter in crash

KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) -- A Nampa school bus driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after a crash late last year killed an 11-year-old boy.

The Canyon County Prosecutor's Office says the Idaho State Police says Debra Boatright was driving a school bus heading east on Deer Flat Road. She stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Deer Flat Road and Happy Valley Road but then went into the intersection and failed to yield to a dump truck, which hit the rear passenger side of the bus.

Daniel Cook, 11, was sitting in the 11th row. Several children were taken to St. Alphonsus. Cook died at the scene of the crash.

Boatright has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The prosecutor's office said the decision to charge the driver took some time.

"The delay in the charging decision is a result of the fact that in some cases evidence takes a longer time to be collected, processed, and analyzed," the office said in a news release.

Boatright faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.