2 men killed in Venus wreck involving police unit

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Two men were killed late Thursday when their motorcycle rear-ended a sedan that had slowed in front of them, throwing them into the path of a Venus police patrol vehicle, officials said.

Officer James Robinson was responding to a reported fire — with his Chevrolet Tahoe’s red and blue lights on — when the wreck occurred at 11:17 p.m. on North Farm Road 157, just south of County Road 501.

Venus Police Chief R.L. Young said a sedan traveling south on 157 slowed for the approaching patrol vehicle.

“When they saw the lights, they slowed down, which really you’re supposed to do,” Young said.

Skid marks indicate that the motorcycle operator braked before the bike hit the rear of the sedan, but it was “too little, too late,” Young said.

The crash threw the riders into the Tahoe’s path.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victims Thursday as Zackary Anderson, 21, and Kenny Anderson, 39.

No residence was listed.

Young said neither the sedan’s driver nor the officer was injured. The Mansfield Police Department’s crash team is investigating the wreck.

“They will do the entire investigation and then give a report back to us and we will act accordingly,” Young said.

Robinson, a six-year veteran of the department, has been placed on routine administrative leave, Young said.

“I don’t see any indication of wrongdoing by the officer,” Young said. “It just happened quickly. He could not avoid this collision.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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