Teen pedestrian fatally hit by big rig off US-59 in Polk County
POLK COUNTY, TX — A driver lost control of a semi-truck after a rear-end crash Thursday near Livingston, fatally striking a 15-year-old boy who had just gotten off a school bus, according to ABC13.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the incident took place along U.S. 59, in an area north of the city.
A preliminary investigation indicates 41-year-old Gregory Jackson was behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler that struck the back of a Toyota vehicle, which was waiting behind a stopped Livingston ISD school bus in the northbound outside lane. Officials say the school bus had its red lights activated and its stop sign extended as it dropped off a 15-year-old boy.
After the semi rear-ended the Toyota, it ran off the right side of US-59 and struck the teen, who was in a nearby driveway. First responders pronounced the struck victim deceased at the scene.
Neither Jackson nor the Toyota driver, 28-year-old Autumn Witt, was reported injured. DPS confirmed that Jackson was arrested for negligent homicide following the fatal incident.
A span of US-59 was blocked off for about three hours as officials responded to the scene. An investigation remains open and ongoing.
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