Another tragedy on the roads of DFW: 34 year old Arlington police officer, Craig Story, who was trying to pull over a speeding vehicle on South Cooper Street, was killed early Wednesday in a collision with a school bus.
The tragic accident happened as the bus, which was travelling southbound on Cooper, attempted to turn left in front of the officer. Police have not yet stated whether the bus driver or the officer would have had the right-of-way at the time, but because the officer was in pursuit and had his lights and siren on, the bus driver was legally required to stop and grant access to the intersection at that time.
Witnesses stated that the motorcycle caught fire after the impact, and that they heard what sounded like an explosion.
The driver of the bus and 9 school-aged passengers were not injured.
Failure to yield the right-of-way is a leading cause of traffic accidents. I have handled numerous cases where a driver makes an unsafe turn in front of one of our clients and causes a needless collision due to his impatience.