Bus driver testifies in hate crime case

January 15, 2008 5:26:36 PM PST
The Wake County bus driver who says she was attacked and called racially-charged names by a Cary father took the stand this morning.

Jametta Farrar told jurors her side of what happened on the morning of May 23 in front of Cary Elementary School. She says the parent, Derry Schmidt, hit her with his car after dropping his daughter off at school.

Police have said Schmidt was late for school and that his car was in the part of the driveway where buses park. When he was boxed in by buses, Schmidt apparently became very angry, police and witnesses say.

Farrar testified that Schmidt used profanity and the N-word repeatedly on that morning as he spoke to her. A reading teacher at the school, Shireen Mehl, testified she saw Schmidt slowly run into Farrar from behind, causing her knees to buckle and her body to fall backwards onto the hood of Schmidt's car.

He then tried to jerk Farrar off of his car, according to other witnesses who testified Tuesday. Schmidt is charged with a hate crime, assault on a female, assault on a school bus driver and assault with a deadly weapon.


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