Witnesses speak out after deadly motorcycle crash
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman who was riding on his motorcycle during a high-speed pursuit last night.
34-year-old Sean Eammon Waite was charged with first-degree murder of 28-year-old Alicia Ann Adams.
Witnesses of that crash describe the crash as a "horrific scene."
"I've never seen anything like it, not at all," said Christopher Cumby, a witness.
Thursday night, a Tyler police officer tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver of a motorcycle took off.
According to the Tyler Police Department, officers did not pursue the suspect, but they did notify Smith County Sheriff's Office deputies the suspect was headed their way.
"We received a communication from Tyler Police Department requesting assistance with the pursuit of a motorcycle," said Smith County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Darrell Coslin.
Three minutes later, a sheriff's deputy found a motorcycle matching the description. He attempted to stop him, but the motorcycle sped up on Highway 31 West near FM 2661. He encountered heavy traffic at a red light and was unable to stop.
"You could hear the impact when we drove by," witness Johnathan Thomas said. "You could hear the bike actually slamming into the van; it was a loud sound."
Both Waite, the driver, Alicia Ann Adams, the 28-year-old passenger, were ejected from the motorcycle. Adams died at the scene, and witnesses say that scene brought them to tears.
"I mean you could see metal. You could see bins, the bike laying down; you could see everything," Thomas said. "I mean it was something you would actually see from a Hollywood movie."
A local Dairy Queen employee who saw the wreckage after the crash said accidents are not unusual in this area.
"We've had multiple wrecks right here, so I'm always concerned with that, because we recently had an accident right here and the guy didn't make it," Cumby said.
After the crash, deputies say the suspect tried to run from being apprehended. However, Thomas says the scene of the crash will haunt him forever.
"After I seen that, I couldn't sleep," Thomas said. "I stayed up till about 6 o'clock this morning because it bothered me."
Many law enforcement agencies have specific policies and guidelines regarding the pursuit of a vehicle. We are still looking into the details of how this pursuit was conducted.
We asked, and Tyler police gave us their pursuit policy today.
In part, it states they terminate the pursuit of motorcycles if the driver is engaging in "evasive tactics" like speeding or running stop signs.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office was not able to release their written policy to us today. We have filed for release of that policy through public information laws.
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