EPPD: Man seriously injured in motorcycle crash involving school bus

EPPD: Man seriously injured in motorcycle crash involving school bus
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:02pm

A man is being treated for serious injuries at University Medical Center after a three vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a Canutillo ISD school bus Tuesday evening.

The crash happened at approximately 5:19 p.m. Tuesday evening at the intersection of Artcraft Rd. and Westside Dr. Investigators determined that a 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by 28-year-old Suzette Urista was traveling west on Artcraft when she failed to yield the right-of-way and turned left in front of a motorcycle ridden by 30-year-old Cesar Campbell of Santa Teresa.

After crashing into each other, the Avenger and the motorcycle both crashed into a 2004 Freightliner school bus driven by 51-year-old Michael Navarette, that was carrying six students from Canutillo Middle School. Campbell was thrown from his motorcycle.

No one on the bus was injured. Campbell was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Urista had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Initially, Sunland Park Police, who was assisting with traffic control reported that the crash was fatal. A public information officer with the El Paso Police Department was not available for comment yesterday evening.

Wednesday morning, El Paso Police released a statement saying that the crash was not fatal and Campbell was being treated at University Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

EPPD says they believe failure to yield the right of way by Urista was the main factor in this crash. Campbell was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Gustavo Reveles, Canutillo ISD's spokesperson, said that the six children on the bus were not injured, but as a precaution the Canutillo Middle School nurse will be re-evaluating the students today. He also said that counselors are available to the students and the bus driver in case they need to talk about the incident.

Canutillo ISD will conduct their own investigation into the crash as part of standard procedure.

EPPD says that the crash investigation is ongoing.

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