Waldo man remains critical after scooter-bus accident


Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

A 40-year-old Waldo man remained in critical condition Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida after the motor scooter he was driving was involved in a collision Monday afternoon with a school bus.

Jeremy Morabito was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which the Gainesville Police Department is continuing to investigate.

Speaking on behalf of the family, the victim's younger brother, Michael Morabito, said his brother, who is self-employed as a mechanic, is the father of an 18-year-old daughter and has a wife who is currently four months pregnant. The younger Morabito said his brother is scheduled for surgery Wednesday at Shands, but the family is unsure if the operation will take place.

“We're in a waiting pattern,” he said. “It's hour by hour right now.”

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said Jeremy Morabito suffered a broken jaw, a shattered orbital socket and had blood on his brain.

Because of the severity of the accident, the Police Department's Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating to determine exactly what took place at the intersection of Northeast 23rd Avenue and 12th Street when the two vehicles collided.

“What is known at this time is that the bus was going northbound on Northeast 12th Street and he (Jeremy Morabito) was going east on 23rd Avenue,” Tobias said. He also said the investigation will focus on the visibility for the drivers, as well as the speed and experience of the motor scooter driver.

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