Glenn Chappell, school bus driver in deadly crash, ‘a good man’
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.
Cherry Yarborough, 51, was killed on her way to work Tuesday at the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.