A Livingston Independent School District freshman's life tragically ended under the wheels of a tractor-trailer in East Texas. Eduardo Romero Flores, 15, was identified by his family as the victim of this heartbreaking incident. The tragedy occurred as the teen was disembarking from his school bus on Thursday afternoon.
According to KSLA, 41-year-old Gregory Jackson of Texarkana has been charged with a felony offense of criminally negligent homicide. His 18-wheel truck reportedly caused a chain reaction crash on U.S. Highway 59 north of Livingston, ultimately leading to Flores's death. Following the crash, Jackson was booked into the Polk County Jail, and an investigation is underway to unravel the details of the fatal event.
A statement released by Livingston ISD and obtained by ExpressNews expressed the district's sorrow: "At times like this, we are reminded how precious life can be and how fragile each life truly is. It is sad when our district loses a member of its family. It is even more tragic when such a young life is taken away from us.” The district also pledged to review the safety of the bus route to prevent future tragedies.
Records indicate that the driver's employer, Livingston Trucking, had been implicated in seven crashes over the past two years, three of which resulted in injuries. While Jackson and Autumn Witt, 28, who were sitting in a Toyota struck by the truck, escaped the incident without injury, young Flores was declared dead at the scene.