Sheriff: Bus dragged Texas State student from DFW for 500 feet

A 20-year-old Texas State University student from Burleson who was found dead beneath a shuttle bus Saturday had been dragged under the bus for about 500 feet, the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

Jordin Taylor’s body was found Saturday afternoon at Cool River Ranch, a music and river tubing venue, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke.

“The bus had developed mechanical problems the night before,” Zwicke said. “When they went back on Saturday to fix it, they found the body.”

Taylor somehow came in contact with the bus while attending a fraternity party Friday night at the location, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release Monday.

“Nothing indicated the bus had struck anyone,” Zwicke told CBS 11. “It was late and dark. The driver was loading people to take them back to the colleges. He didn’t see anything.”

An autopsy Monday revealed her cause of death as “consistent with being struck and dragged by the bus,” the news release said.

The investigation was still ongoing Monday evening, but Taylor’s death appeared to be an accident, the news release said.

Phil Gibson, pastor of Living Water Church, said Taylor will be missed by many, including his daughter Ashlee Gibson, who played on a select softball team with Taylor when they were in high school. He said both girls had the same nickname, “Speedy.”

“Jordin was a really sweet girl, always bubbly, very happy, a real go-getter,” Gibson said.

Gibson said Taylor and her family did not attend Living Water but helped with a church charity that supported underprivileged children.

Ashlee Gibson is one of many who shared condolences and memories of Taylor on social media.

“Meeting you in 6th grade was by far the best thing to happen to me,” she wrote on Facebook. “Anyone who was privileged with your presence can vouch for me. … You are light in the midst of darkness and always will be. … I know your soul has found rest and you are finally getting to hug and kiss your momma again.”

Staff reporters Susan McFarland and Ryan Osborne contributed to this report.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST