Pasco County school bus struck by SUV; 1 student taken to hospital for injuries

Legal News for Florida Bus Accident Attorneys. A two-vehicle collision involving a school bus and an SUV left one student injured on U.S. 41 near S.R. 52.

FHP to investigate Florida bus accident involving SUV that left one student injured.

Pasco County, FL—A middle school girl was transported to an area hospital after the school bus she was riding in was aggressively rear-ended by a Jeep SUV on Thursday afternoon, March 18, 2010. The driver of the sport utility vehicle was cited with careless driving in connection with the motor vehicle collision (MVC), according to information provided by Tampa Bay Online.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reported 21-year-old Sara Evans failed to stop for the Pasco County school bus, which was traveling in front of her Jeep on U.S. Route 41, in close proximity to State Road 52, subsequently causing her to smash into the back of the school bus at approximately 3:30 p.m. Evans’ SUV reportedly caught fire after going under the bus upon impact. The Jeep sustained $4,000 worth of damage, while the school bus sustained $5,000 worth of damage in the wreck, reported Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers at the scene. There were 24 children from Crews Lake Middle School occupying the bus during the accident.

Pasco County Fire Rescue personnel also responded to transport one student, identified as 14-year-old Courtney Makinson, to Spring Hill Regional Hospital to be treated by doctors and nurses for her undisclosed injuries. Another student allegedly complained of “minor neck and back pain” but did not require hospitalization. The driver of the bus, 47-year-old Lori Shults, also sustained minor injuries though medical transport did not seem to be necessary. It was not stated whether drugs and/or alcohol were factors in the incident. FHP troopers are expected to continue probing the SUV-bus collision.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Bus Accident Lawyers.