Police Identify Motorcycle Rider Killed After Colliding With School Bus

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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UPDATE: Friday, April 13, 2012

Speed may have played a factor in a motorcycle crash that killed a Spirit Aerosystems’ employee, police said.

The accident happened on MacArthur Road near the Interstate-235 ramps around 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Officials said Charles Johnson, 55, was riding his bike home from work, when he collided with a school bus.

Investigators said the bus pulled out in front of Johsnon, and may not have seen the man riding west on MacArthur. Witnesses reported the motorcycle was traveling well above the posted speed limit.

Six Hadley Middle School students were on the bus at the time of the crash. They were not hurt. The bus driver received minor injuries.

Johnson’s death is the fourth traffic-related fatality, and the second motorcycle death of the year. Officers worked 12 deadly accidents at this same time last year.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A man on his way from work - at Spirit Aerosystems was riding his motorcycle on MacArthur under I-235...
just as a school bus was exiting the interstate.

“We take it he probably just didn't see the motorcycle, that's when the motorcycle actually ran into the side of the bus,” Lt. E.J. Bastian said.

The man died at the scene. But before police had time to contact his family, his family members found their way to this scene.

“The daughter said she got a call from her mom that said her dad hadn't come home yet and it had been about an hour. They decided to go ahead and trace the route that he usually goes home,” Lt. Bastian said.

Within minutes, officers say the family was able to identify the man killed in the crash as their own loved one.

“They gave us a description of their dad and the motorcycle and what he was wearing and unfortunately everything tied up,” Lt. Bastian said.

We're told the school bus had left Hadley Middle School.

“The kids were not injured of course they're very scared and shook up,” Lt. Bastian said.

The students on board witnessed the crash, police waited until their parents could be with them to interview all six students.

A spokesperson for the school district says they plan to have a crisis team made up of counselors and social workers visit Hadley Middle School Friday, just in case any of the children involved in Thursday's crash need support.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

One person has been killed in a motorcycle crash in south Wichita.

It happened on MacArthur Road, just west of I-235, around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Dispatchers said it may have crashed into the back of a school bus. The rider died at the scene. No children on the bus appear to have suffered injuries. Police said the motorcycle rider was a man in his 50s. He was riding home from work at Spirit Aerosystems.

A school spokeswoman said the bus involved in the accident was transporting students from Hadley Middle School. Six children were on the bus at the time of the accident. The student's parents have been notified, the spokeswoman said.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid southbound I-235 while authorities clear the scene.

KAKE News does have a crew at the scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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