2 students hit at bus stops

One child is struck by an SUV, the other by a truck. Neither has life-threatening injuries.

By Jan Wesner, Times Staff Writer
Published February 12, 2008

Two Hillsborough County children were hit by cars in separate incidents on their way to school Monday morning.

Neither suffered life-threatening injuries, said the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Charles Ray, 7, was hit by a Ford sports utility vehicle as he ran across the street to catch his bus at Sam Allen Road and Sam Allen Oaks. The incident happened at 7:45 a.m.

The SUV was driven by Patricia Weber of Plant City. The boy was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, according to sheriff's reports.

The bus, headed to nearby Cork Elementary School, had its stop arm down and neither the driver nor the student were at fault, School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

At 8:24 a.m. at 109 Kilgore Road,Jessiny Santos, an 11-year-old Turkey Creek Middle School student, apparently was standing at her bus stop when a pickup truck driven by John W. Mays of Plant City backed into her, sheriff's reports said

Santos was knocked down and hurt her knee. She was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital.

The School District does all it can to remind students and parents to use good safety practices, Cobbe said.

But, Cobbe said, there's only so much they can do.

"It's the drivers we wish would pay more attention," Cobbe said.

Two other children also were hit by cars Monday.

A second-grader at Just Elementary was hit by a truck as he rode his bike at Laurel Street West and Boulevard North in Tampa, police reports said.

A fifth-grader at Robles Elementary suffered minor injuries when she was hit at 50th and Puritan Boulevard in Tampa while riding her bike after school. Neither child suffered serious injuries.

Jan Wesner can be reached at jwesner@sptimes.com or 813 661-2439.