FHP: 19-year-old woman hit Lakewood Ranch High School student near bus stop

FHP: 19-year-old woman hit Lakewood Ranch student near bus stop

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (WWSB) - Officials say a 19-year-old woman hit a Lakewood Ranch High School student near a bus stop Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 6:25 a.m. at Gopher Hill Road near Verna Bethany Road in Myakka City. The Lakewood Ranch High School bus was southbound on Verna Bethany and the vehicle was headed northbound.

FHP says all the bus lights were on for kids to come on board when the 19-year-old driver hit a 14-year-old student. FHP says the driver was aware of the school bus, but wasn’t aware it was coming to a stop.

First responders took the student to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Troopers believe distracted driving played a part in the accident. FHP spokesperson says the driver will have a mandatory court date and charges will be given based on school bus statue.

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