EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Officials with the El Paso Police Department say any early morning collision involving a pedestrian and a Sun Metro bus was not an accident.
Just after 6 A.M., Patrol Officers from the Central Regional Command Center responded to
a possible collision involving a pedestrian and a Sun Metro Bus.
Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to help out and further investigate the incident.
According to police, their investigators found that the incident was not a collision, as they determined that a 79-year-old man had been lying underneath the bus.
“When the bus proceeded to move, the bus ran over the man’s torso area.” EPPD officials shared. “Investigators met with witnesses and relatives of the man and the preliminary investigation has revealed this death is a suicide.”
“Since this death is a suicide, it will not be counted as a traffic fatality,” EPPD officials added.
Irene Villa, spokeswoman for Sun Metro told KTSM that Sun Metro personnel had to redirect people to a backup location, with buses picking up riders at Fourth Street and Santa Fe Street
“Today we had to come over and get the bus over here on Forth Street to go home, normally we get on and off over there on the terminal but obviously something happened,” said Loretta Clark.
Others waiting to get inside the Sun Metro Station as a fire truck cleaned the street.
Henery Lozano says he rides the bus pretty often and came to get a bus ID. Saying he was shocked and scared by what happened.
Sun Metro Managing Director Ellen Smyth sent KTSM 9 News a statement.
“I was deeply saddened by the event from this morning. These are those heart-wrenching calls that as a leader you never want to receive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone involved. Our staff is fully cooperating and supporting El Paso Police on this matter. We will be conducting our own internal review as we do with all serious incidents.”
If you or someone you know is in need of help you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24 hours a day.