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Arlington Motorcycle Officer Killed In Wreck

Arlington Motorcycle Officer Killed In Wreck

Fort Worth Star-Telegram via YellowBrix

January 13, 2010

Update: The officer was identified by Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard as Craig Story.

ARLINGTON — An Arlington motorcycle officer died early Wednesday in a wreck involving a school bus near Arlington High School, said Tiara Ellis Richard, a police spokeswoman.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. near South Cooper Street and West Inwood Drive.

The officer’s name was being withheld until his family had been notified, Richard said.

Neither the bus driver nor the nine passengers aboard the Arlington school district bus were hurt, said Amy Casas, spokeswoman for Arlington schools.

Cooper Street was closed at Inwood, but police said at 10:15 a.m. that the road was expected to re-open within an hour or so.

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One man near the wreck said he saw flames.

Fabian Monroy said he was unlocking the door of the nearby Goo-Goo car wash, when he heard a screech and a boom.

He looked just north of the intersection and then he heard what sounded like an explosion.

“Everyone was slamming on the brakes and I saw the flames shooting high,” he said.

Monroy said he believed the motorcycle had caught fire.

“Those flames were pretty intense from the gas tank,” Monroy said. “That tank blew.”

Monroy moved closer to the accident and saw the officer on the sidewalk, about 15 feet from the wreckage.

“People were already there, but from the way it looked, there was nothing anyone could do,” he said.

The wreck was heard by Rose Moreno who lives on Inwood Drive, a few houses east of the intersection with Cooper Street.

“It was about 7:15,” she said. “I just heard, like, a car horn twice, and all of sudden it got stuck. And then, within two or three minutes, I heard a lot of sirens.”

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