Burglary at home of school bus crash, homeowner not allowed inside

- An east Charlotte home was burglarized while the owner was told to stay away following a school bus crashing through it.

"This is going to drive me crazy, eventually, I just know it will," homeowner Joe Whitehead said.

Whitehead's home off Briardale Drive has been deemed "unsafe to live in" and he is currently staying in a motel until June 14. Police reports show his home being burglarized on June 2, where two flat-screen televisions were stolen.

"Someone had broken out a window and climbed in," Whitehead said.

While Whitehead is disheartened, he said he is still trying to get changes to the curve on Briardale Drive where the school bus flew into his yard, tearing through his home and car.

"Speed bumps, maybe a guard rail, some speed limit signs," he added.

The speed limit is posted at 25 miles-per hour where the bus crashed at the top of the hill on Briardale but going uphill, in the opposite direction, is a 10-miles per hour caution sign. The official speed limit of the road is 25 miles per hour, according to CDOT.

The bus driver, Latoeya Patton, was traveling at 29 mph, according to CMPD. Patton said she swerved to avoid hitting a cat.

Patton was charged with traveling too fast for conditions. 

CDOT said after FOX 46 Charlotte and other media outlets reached out to them, it began surveying the road to see if changes need to be made.

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