CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Parents are still reeling, in the aftermath of Tuesday's school bus crash in east Charlotte that injured 14 kids and the driver.
“At first maybe there was an accident far away but he said no it's in Jake's yard and I'm like what! I come down and there is children crying and bleeding. It was mayhem," Cawetha Mitchell said.
Mitchell told FOX 46 Charlotte her son was waiting for the bus when it swerved off the road. The boy watched the bus hit the tree and then crash into a home on Briardale Drive. He ran home to tell his mom what happened.
Mitchell said she's spotted the bus driver, Latoeya Patton, travel the route many times without incident. She said the curve in the road makes it a dangerous area to navigate.
Patton told police that she was trying to avoid hitting a cat and that's what caused her to lose control of her bus.
FOX 46 Charlotte spoke to a parent that said she's not buying it. She said she used to drive school buses and her experience tells her not to believe the cat story.
“The school bus is top heavy. I think she would have turned the bus over rather than it had gone straight....maybe that's the story she telling but it's not one that I believe," said the woman who wanted to remain anonymous.
The woman said her daughter was in the back of the bus and was thrown from her seat, hit her head on the roof of the bus, and cut her ankle. She said her daughter is a little sore but will recover and is happy nothing else serious happened.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Patton has not been charged in the accident.
Patton remains suspended with pay. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is still investigating the case.