12-year-old hit by SUV at bus stop
Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:55 p.m.
A 12-year-old Howard Bishop Middle School student suffered a broken leg Thursday minutes after she got off a school bus when she was hit by an SUV on Waldo Road north of Fairbanks, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Jamie Shealy, a sixth-grader at Howard Bishop, was the only student to get off at her bus stop at NE 67th Way at 4:10 p.m. She began walking home when the accident happened, said Alachua County School Board spokeswoman Jackie Johnson.
A 2005 GMC SUV driven by Terry N. Hilton, 72, of Starke, was heading south on Waldo Road and failed to slow down in time for traffic that had stopped for the school bus, the FHP said.
Hilton swerved to the right to avoid hitting a car, but side-swiped it anyway and took out several mailboxes before hitting Shealy, the FHP said. Hilton was cited for careless driving.
The girl suffered a broken leg and some bumps and bruises, but is going to be OK, her grandmother Shirley Shealy said.
"She's really shook up," Shirley Shealy said. "She told me, 'I couldn't run, Grandma.' We are very, very lucky."
This isn't the first time Shealy said there have been problems with close calls at the bus stop. She added that because the speed limit on Waldo Road at that location is 65 mph, people do not slow down in time when school buses are loading and unloading children, creating a dangerous situation.
"We've had a terrible time of it on that road," Shealy said. "They need to lower the speed limit."
Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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