Police: Motorcyclist killed in crash with KCK school bus was going faster than 80 mph

A 21-year-old motorcyclist on a sport bike was estimated to be traveling “in excess of 80 mph” when a Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools bus made a left turn in front of him Tuesday morning, according to police.

The resulting crash killed the motorcyclist — Charles “C.J.” Pruitt — whose name was released by police Wednesday.

“CJ was so full of life and had so much going for him,” read a tribute on a GoFundMe page that is raising money for Pruitt’s funeral costs — “CJ., a loving son, brother, friend.” “(He) meant so much to so many people and will be missed tremendously.”

Pruitt was traveling north on Seventh Street as the school bus, traveling south, made a left turn in front of him at Homer Avenue. Northbound traffic on Seventh Street crests a hill approaching Homer, shortening the visibility for a left turn.

Nine children and two adults who were on the bus were not injured.

The driver of the school bus was not ticketed, though a police investigation of the crash was not yet complete, said Kansas City, Kan., Police spokesman Officer Zac Blair.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the speed of the motorcycle was a significant factor in the crash, Blair said. Investigators estimated that “the motorcycle’s speed was in excess of 80 mph.”

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