Bus Driver Who Hit UT Student Did Not Run Red Light

Video from bus shows driver accelerating through yellow light

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, May 8, 2012  |  Updated 11:45 PM CDT
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Dashboard camera video from a bus that struck a University of Texas freshman from Rockwall shows the driver was accelerating through a yellow light when he hit the student.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5

Dashboard camera video from a bus that struck a University of Texas freshman from Rockwall shows the driver was accelerating through a yellow light when he hit the student.

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Dashboard camera video reveals that University of Texas bus driver who hit a college student from North Texas did not run a red light.

Nick Engmann, 18, a graduate of Rockwall Heath High School, was hit by a bus at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday afternoon.

At the time, police said the campus bus driver ran a red light and hitting Engmann as he charged into the street.

But Capital Metro on Tuesday released video from the bus that shows the driver accelerating through a yellow light when he hit the UT freshman.

"It's great. We want to see the bus driver's name exonerated," Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen said. "But even though he didn't run a red light, he's still not driving as safely as we'd like to see."

The bus driver was issued a ticket at the time of the crash for running a red light. McKewen said she is confident the citation would be dismissed in court.

The bus driver will be allowed to return to work on Wednesday but must undergo additional training.

Engmann, who remarkably walked away from the crash, said on Facebook a couple of hours later that he was fine and heading back from the hospital on a bus.

But his parents, who visited him in Austin this weekend, said their son was injured and had an arm in a sling.


Previous Coverage:
UT Student From Rockwall Hit by Campus Bus

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