UPDATE: Police identify victim in three-vehicle crash

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO (UPDATE) -- Police have charged two men after a fatal crash Wednesday involving a Waco Transit bus. Sheriff's Deputies were chasing 24 -year-old Rafael Lara and 18-year-old Bradley Carpenter after they burglarized a home in the 100 block of Kimball Rd.

The two eventually rammed into a Waco Transit bus after taking police on a high-speed chase. 

24-year-old Michael Benavidez was just walking nearby and was killed in that crash.

Seven others in the bus were injured.

Lara is charged with manslaughter and burglary or a habitation. Carpenter is charged with burglary of a habitation.

The pedestrian victim from the crash at 12th and Clay this morning has been identified. He is 24-year-old Michael Benavidez of South Waco.

At approximately 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the Waco Police Department with a vehicle stop. As Officers were still responding, the suspect vehicle struck a Waco Transit Bus at the intersection of South 12th Street and Clay Avenue. A third vehicle was also damaged in the crash and a 24 year old Hispanic male pedestrian was struck and killed during the same crash. His name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

Waco Fire along with emergency crews responded to assist with numerous injuries. Seven victims from the bus and other vehicle were taken to Hillcrest Hospital by ambulance.

The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges may be filed against the driver of the vehicle that was being followed by McLennan County Sheriff Department.

From Waco Police Department


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