VICTIM NAMED: Fatal School Bus, Motorcycle Crash

Police have released the name of a Des Moines motorcyclist who was killed in an accident involving a school bus Thursday morning.

The accident happened just before 7:00 a.m. at East 29th and East Douglas Avenue in Des Moines. Police say a Des Moines Schools bus was headed westbound on East Douglas when it pulled out in front of a motorcycle that was traveling south on East 29th.

Police say it appears 34-year-old Nicholas Neal tried to lay down the bike before colliding with the bus, but ended up under the tires of the bus. Neal was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

About 20 North High School students were on the bus at the time of the accident and some of them were taken to the police station for interviews. The others were transferred to a different bus and taken to North High.

Police say counselors were on hand at the school to help the traumatized students. No students were injured in the accident.

Des Moines police are also interviewed the bus driver, 73-year-old Marilyn Pottorff. They say she was not impaired at the time of the crash.

Police say there are no stop signs for north/south traffic on East 29th at that intersection, but there were stop signs for east/west traffic on Douglas.

Pottorff will likely be been cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, following the completion of the investigation.

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