Woman seriously hurt in accident involving bus


Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.

A Friday accident that occurred when a motorist stopping behind a bus was rear-ended by another driver led to the hospitalization of a Gainesville woman with serious injuries, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Nancy Wilcox, 49, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, FHP stated in a press release.

The accident occurred about 12:14 p.m. on Northeast 39th Avenue near 45th Street.

A Gainesville Regional Transit bus was stopped for passengers while Wilcox was slowing behind it in a 1989 Honda Civic, FHP said.

Behind Wilcox was James B. Ritchey, 26, of Gainesville, in a 1994 Civic.

FHP stated that Ritchey failed to slow in time and slammed into Wilcox, pushing her car into the bus.

Wilcox was taken to Shands with serious injuries while three bus passengers were taken to Shands with injuries that were not specified by FHP.

The bus driver, Bobby E. Ross, 60, of Gainesville, was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, FHP reported.

Ritchey was not injured. A charge of careless driving was filed against Richey, according to FHP.

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