Glenn Chap­pell, school bus driver in deadly crash, ‘a good man’

Baltimore Sun - - DEADLY BUS CRASH - By Tim Pru­dente tpru­dente@balt­sun.com

Ev­ery morn­ing, school bus driver Glenn Chap­pell would stop in the cor­ner store, Tony’s and Mary’s Geth­se­mane, for cof­fee with cream and sugar.

“He was punc­tual,” owner Tony Lawrence said. “I could set my watch to it.”

And Chap­pell — the 67-year-old school bus driver who was killed Tues­day morn­ing in the bus crash in South­west Bal­ti­more — al­ways wore slacks and dress shoes. “He was a real suave dresser,” Lawrence said.

The two men would chat briefly be­fore Chap­pell would walk across the street to work.

“He was a nice guy, a re­li­gious guy,” Lawrence said. “He was de­pend­able.”

Lawrence’s brother James ran a small ship­ping com­pany in the 1990s. He said Chap­pell hauled freight in one of his trac­tor-trail­ers.

“I’m sad to see this hap­pen to him,” James Lawrence said.

Joseph Eades lived for years be­side Chap­pell in the Wood­bourne Heights neigh­bor­hood of North­east Bal­ti­more. He said Chap­pell would some­times drib­ble around a bas­ket­ball with his son.

Eades called Chap­pell “a very nice guy and a good neigh­bor.”

“It is shock­ing to see that you talk to him one day, and the next day, he’s gone,” he said.

Po­lice say the bus Chap­pell was driv­ing rear-ended a car on Fred­er­ick Av­enue Tues­day, then col­lided with an MTA bus.

On­line court records show that Chap­pell faced le­gal trou­ble in re­cent years.

Judges in Howard County and Bal­ti­more is­sued pro­tec­tive or­ders against Chap­pell in do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence cases in 2011 and 2012. Chap­pell was found guilty of vi­o­lat­ing pro­tec­tive or­ders three times be­tween 2012 and 2013.

He pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree as­sault in De­cem­ber 2012 and was sen­tenced to a year of pro­ba­tion. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to fail­ing to show a regis­tra­tion card on de­mand and in 2015 to driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with a sus­pended regis- tra­tion. Fur­ther de­tails of the cases were not avail­able late Wed­nes­day.

Chap­pell drove for AAAf­ford­able Trans­porta­tion, a con­trac­tor for Bal­ti­more City Public Schools. Stephanie Ann Jones lives near the AAAf­ford­able of­fice and would of­ten greet Chap­pell.

Men stand along Franklin­town Road and shout out warn­ings when­ever a po­lice car ap­proaches. Chap­pell “would tell them to keep away from the kids,” Jones said. “He used to tell the kids to stay in school.”

In sum­mer, he would leave pocket change for the chil­dren to buy snow­balls at Tony’s and Mary’s Geth­se­mane, she said. “God had a good man out here,” Jones said.

COURTESY OF MIN­NIE YARBOUGH

Cherry Yar­bor­ough, 51, was killed on her way to work Tues­day at the state Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene.

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