by ANDY SEVILLA
A woman who police say flung herself off the Kyle Parkway overpass and landed inside a moving motor coach on Interstate 35 is recovering at an Austin hospital nearly four weeks after the early-morning incident.
The would-be suicide said Tuesday evening she is recovering and expects to be released from the hospital in the near future. She declined to comment further.
Dispatched to handle a reported suicide attempt, Kyle officers were about 30 feet away from the woman discussing “the best procedure to attempt to keep her from falling or jumping off the bridge” when she jumped, according to officer Michael Torres’ incident report.
She “swung her left arm around and propelled herself off the bridge,” Torres said.
But her suicide attempt was foiled when the women fell through the windshield of a northbound coach bus that passed under the bridge in perfect timing with her fall. The woman knocked down several rows of seats before landing on the floor board in between rows four and five in the bus, according to incident reports filed by Kyle police officers.
“I observed [the victim] grab the rail and push herself off of the side and fall. I heard a loud banging sound from underneath (the overpass) after she fell towards the middle lane of IH-35 northbound,” said Kyle Police Sergeant Ander Marmolejo in an incident report. “… It appeared as if [the victim] had struck the front windshield as the bus was passing underneath the bridge and had collided with seatbacks before coming to rest in the footwell.”
Emergency medical responders transported the woman to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin where she is still being treated.
Police say the San Antonio-based OK Tours bus she crashed into was not carrying passengers nobody besides the woman was injured. The driver of the struck vehicle, Ralph Felix Casiano, was not hurt in the wreck, as the victim crashed into the passenger side windshield, OK Tours supervisor Mark Griffin said.
“If (she) would have gone through (Casiano’s) windshield, who knows what could have happened,” Griffin said.
The company has canceled bookings and is “losing revenue” as the motor coach bus remains out of commission, Griffin said. A cost estimate of the damage to the bus or the loss of revenue figure is not yet available, he said.
The northbound interstate lanes were closed for about three hours while authorities conducted an investigation. Traffic was diverted out of the northbound lanes of the interstate at Exit 215, according to incident reports.
ANDY SEVILLA reports for the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print