HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than 10 months after a hit-and-run next to a Henry County school bus left a boy fighting for his life, a Martinsville driver was sentenced for multiple charges in connection with the incident.

According to authorities, at approximately 3:23 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2021, a Henry County Public Schools bus stopped in the northbound lane in the 8000 block of Route 57 — with its lights flashing and its stop arm activated — to let a nine-year-old boy exit the bus.

However, as the boy was crossing the road, a westbound white Toyota pickup truck hit him and drove off. The boy — who Virginia State Police originally reported was eight instead of nine —was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Following an extensive investigation, multiple interviews, and the use of the school bus’s onboard camera system, officials announced on Sept. 24, 2021 that 57-year-old David Paul Walker had been identified as the driver and arrested in connection with the hit-and-run.

Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, court records say Walker was sentenced to a total of 18 years, but 15 years and four months were suspended from that sentence, which means he’ll only spend two years and eight months behind bars for the following charges:

  • Hit-and-run causing personal injury (felony):
    • Sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended, for a total of two years
    • License suspended for one year
  • Failure to stop for a school bus (misdemeanor):
    • Sentenced to one year in jail with six months suspended, for a total of six months
  • Reckless driving (misdemeanor):
    • Sentenced to one year in jail with 11 months suspended, for a total of one month
    • License suspended for one year
  • Driving with a suspended license (misdemeanor):
    • Sentenced to one year in jail with 11 months suspended, for a total of one month
    • License suspended for 90 days
  • Concealing evidence of a felony
    • Sentenced to five years in prison with five years suspended, for a total of zero years

Out of the five charges listed above, Walker pleaded guilty to all of them besides the reckless driving charge, according to online court records.

Following his release, officials say Walker will spend at least three years under supervised probation.