The driver of a passenger car died after colliding with a Waco Independent School District school bus Friday morning, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Jay Alexander Markley, 23, of Waco, was killed in the wreck at the intersection of North 26th Street and Bosque Boulevard at about 7:15 a.m. Swanton said the school bus, traveling south on 26th Street, and the car, traveling east on Bosque Boulevard, collided.
No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, police said.
Swanton said the bus and car, identified as a red Mazda sedan, crashed in the middle of the intersection. The force of the collision pushed both vehicles off the roadway.
Markley was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead late Friday morning.
Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley pronounced Markley dead at the hospital. She did not request an autopsy because blunt force trauma was a clear cause of death, she said.
The bus driver, a 72-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital, Waco ISD spokesman Bruce Gietzen said. The bus driver has been driving for Waco ISD since 2003 and has a good safety record, Gietzen said. He was not hospitalized by Friday afternoon, Gietzen said.
The bus driver had dropped students off at Brook Avenue Elementary School and was on his way to pick up students for a second route, he said.
Preliminary investigation indicates Markley ran a red light at the intersection before the collision, Swanton said. Police continue to review witness statements and video evidence in their investigation.
Waco ISD released video of the crash from an on-board bus camera Friday afternoon. The video shows the bus entering the intersection just after its traffic light turns yellow. The video shows the car entering the intersection in front of the bus and the bus hitting the car.
After the impact, the car is no longer visible, and the hood of the bus unhooks and blocks much of the camera’s view. Both vehicles come to a rest in a home’s yard.
“Oh man,” the bus driver said after impact. The Tribune-Herald is not releasing the video out of respect for Markley’s family.
Markley was a barista at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits, according to social media posts. Dichotomy customers were greeted with a note on the store’s door Friday that states, “Due to circumstances beyond our control Dichotomy will be closed the remainder of today.”
Dichotomy co-owner Alina Mikos said the coffee side of the business will be closed on Saturday and Dichotomy will not be at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market this weekend. The coffee side of the business will be open for normal hours Sunday.
Bar service will be open Friday afternoon and for normal weekend hours. Mikos said Dichotomy will be closed on the day of Markley’s funeral, which is yet to be determined.