Motorcyclist dies after fleeing Inkster cops, crashing into SMART bus

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Inkster — A 40-year-old Westland man died Tuesday night after allegedly running a red light in Inkster and crashing his motorcycle into a SMART bus at he tried to flee police, Michigan State Police said.

State police are handling the investigation.

At about 8:45 p.m. when Inkster police saw the biker allegedly run a red light on Middle Belt.

They gave chase, following the bike onto northbound Henry Ruff.

There, the motorcyclist allegedly ran a second red light. But then he crashed into a SMART bus. Medics took him to a hospital, but he died from his injuries.

An Inkster Police Department dash camera recorded the entire pursuit, state police said. 

The bus was traveling the Ford Road route, said Beth Gibbons, a spokeswoman for SMART. No one on the bus was injured.

Per protocol, the driver was tested for drugs and alcohol. Based on the results of the test, a driver may be returned to service, Gibbons said. SMART's policy is based on Federal Transit Administration regulations.  

SMART drivers involved in crashes are also reminded of the bus company's employee assistance program, which offers counseling options.