Bus driver charged in death of Skagway mayor

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A tour bus driver has been arrested and charged in the deaths of 61–year–old Skagway mayor, Monica Adams Carlson and her mother, 85–year–old Cora Louise Adams. The Associated Press reported that 45-year-old Gerard James of Baltimore, Maryland was arrested Thursday and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

According to court documents, James was handling his cellphone at the time of the accident. The women were in a crosswalk when they were hit and killed by the bus, owned by Eyre Buse, Tour & Travel on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Husband of Monica, Bob Carlson, spoke about his wife's death, “Now you know, they're not there and that's kind of sad for me. I feel like I have to do it. I have to touch it and I have to do it for Gale to, my father-in-law, because he didn't want to come here at all. He just said no you take care of it Bob," he said.