• May 23, 2017

Karen Salazar, Joey Salazar Killed in Alvin, TX, School Bus Accident

Alvin, TX -- May 22, 2017, Karen and Joey Salazar were killed after an accident where a school bus rear-ended several vehicles.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were called out to the accident scene at around 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 6 and Pearland Sites Road.

Initial reports released by investigators indicated that an Alvin ISD school bus was traveling on the highway with only the driver on-board. Approaching traffic stopped at a stoplight, the bus driver reportedly failed to control speed and crashed into the line of vehicles.

The first vehicle hit was a car occupied 60-year-old Karen Salazar, her 63-year-old husband, and her 5-year-old grandson, Joey. Due to the collision, Karen and Joey were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. They later succumbed to their injuries. Joey's grandfather and the occupant of another vehicle were taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries.

Police say that the bus driver was issued a citation for failure to control speed. No additional factors have been reported at this time.

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Commentary

Not to take away from the absolute tragedy that this is, but it certainly could have been a lot worse. It's one thing when a fatal accident involves passenger vehicles, but a school bus causing an accident is significantly worse. Especially when we consider that this happened during the hours of the day buses are often picking up/dropping off students after the school day, it's this accident could have been much more devastating. In fact, I can't help but wonder if this bus driver has had similar incidents of dangerous behavior or if Alvin ISD is truly vetting their drivers well enough. I hate to think that there could be accidents like this in the future.

But to put things back into perspective here, two people were tragically killed in this accident, one being a young child. It should go without saying that all drivers--especially ones who are put in charge of transporting children--owe a duty to other drivers to operate their vehicles responsibly and pay attention to the roadway. Someone who speeds, takes their eyes off the road, or otherwise impairs their ability to properly react to traffic must be held accountable for those actions. The community has a duty to ensure these acts of negligence are held accountable to the full extent which the law provides to help prevent tragedies like this or even worse from happening in the future.

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