A 9-year-old Brooksville girl was airlifted to a Tampa hospital Wednesday morning after she was hit by an SUV at a school bus stop.
The girl suffered what are described as minor injuries by the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash happened on State Road 50 near Red Bud Lane just before 8 a.m.
According to troopers, a 37-year-old woman driving a Kia SUV was heading westbound on SR 50 approaching Red Bud Lane when she switched from the outside to the inside lane. When she saw a stopped car in the inside lane, she switched back to the outside lane and saw a Hernando County school bus picking up students for Morton Elementary School.
She apparently tried to stop, but lost control of the SUV, which slid onto the shoulder of the road and hit the girl. The SUV ended up in a ditch on the side of the roadway.
The driver was not harmed.
The child was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she is listed in stable condition with minor injuries.
It is unclear at this time if any charges will be filed.
It is not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road. In Florida, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Sadly, numerous children are hurt each year when drivers do not stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.
If your child was injured in a bus-related accident, it’s recommended that you consult with a Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton who has experience with these kinds of claims. It is important to identify who is at-fault for your child’s injuries, and we have the knowledge to sift through the facts, evidence, and complicated legal principles involved to work toward the best possible outcome for your family. Call us today at 352-666-2121 for a free consultation or contact us online.