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Malorie Bullock (19) died when a vehicle struck the motorcycle she was riding on
Published: Dec 20, 2012 @ 5:12 PM
Malorie Bullock (19)
Apr 08, 2010
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A Texas A&M University-Commerce student is recovering in a Dallas hospital after being injured in a Thursday night motorcycle accident near Campbell which resulted in the death of his girlfriend, who was also a student at the school.
Two other university students were hurt in a separate accident in Commerce Thursday night in which they were struck by a vehicle while walking across the same highway.
Malorie Elise Bullock, 19 of Sherman, was killed during the one vehicle accident at around 9:45 p.m. on State Highway 24/50 near Campbell. Bullock was reportedly riding on the back of a motorcycle traveling northbound with 19-year-old Taner Bryant Burnett of Commerce when the accident occurred.
"The entire A&M-Commerce family is devastated by the loss of one of its own," said Dr. Dan Jones, A&M-Commerce president. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Malorie Bullock, one of our best and brightest, at this saddest of times."
Crystal Harper, Burnett's cousin, said Friday that the pair had just left dinner with his parents at a restaurant in Campbell when the accident occurred.
"He told them initially a truck had pulled in front of them and he swerved off the road to avoid it," Harper said.
Burnett remains hospitalized in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, after having suffered multiple fractures.
"All four of his limbs have breaks in them," Harper said. "He was in surgery from 8:30 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. today. He is stable and they repaired all of his broken bones. He probably will be in recovery in the ICU for about 10 days."
Details regarding funeral services for Bullock were not available as of Friday evening. The university flag was flown at half-staff Friday in Bullock's honor.
"The Honors College family is deeply saddened by the loss of one its brightest lights," said Dr. Green, dean of the Honors College. "Malorie Bullock was intelligent, kind, beautiful, and spirited. We at the Honors College will miss her and will forever cherish the memories of the time that we got to spend with her. Our prayers go out to her family and friends."
The other accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday, when two other A&M-Commerce students were injured after being struck by a vehicle.
According to a statement issued Friday afternoon by the Commerce Police Department, the accident occurred in the crosswalk area of Highway 24/50.
An initial investigation by the department revealed two students were at the median about to cross the northbound lane going east. The male and female students started walking towards the campus when an sport utility vehicle traveling northbound struck both individuals. The driver was unclear as to what she had struck and continued traveling northbound to the next turn around area, then returned to the scene.
A few moments later Commerce Fire Chief Brian McNevin spotted the vehicle with the damage to the front end and called in emergency services. Other drivers stopped to assist the victims and stayed until the arrival of emergency vehicles.
The female student was thrown unto the roadway about 75 feet from the first impact. The male student was struck by the vehicle's left fender and was thrown backwards unto the grassy median. The female student was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas via Careflight with serious injuries and at last check was still in surgery. The male student's injuries are said to be non-life-threatening and he was transported to Hunt Regional Healthcare in Greenville.
The statement from the Commerce Police Department said initial investigations show the flashing crosswalk warning system was not activated while the two students were crossing the highway. The newly-installed system which enables students to activate flashing lights and a flashing crosswalk sign to alert traffic was installed in November in order to enhance pedestrian safety.
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