Victoria Powell, a 9-year-old girl of Lake City, Florida, escaped serious personal injuries after she was hit by a pickup truck while waiting for her school bus. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper J.M. Farnell, the 1999 GMC pickup truck rear-ended the school bus then spun onto the unpaved shoulder of the highway where Victoria was waiting to board. The truck hit Victoria before its driver could stop. The child was treated at the scene of the accident for minor injuries.
Neither the bus driver nor any of the 12 children on the bus were injured. The driver of the pickup, James Derringer, 45, was cited for careless driving. If you would like to read more on this incident please see School girl who was hit by truck while waiting for bus sustains only minor injuries.
This accident had the potential of being very serious, if not deadly. Drivers need to pay attention and keep their focus on the road at all times while driving. Driver attention and focus are especially important during times of heavy traffic, for example, during morning and afternoon commutes. During these busy times, roads are cluttered with cars and drivers will be subject to a stop-and-go traffic flow. Therefore, drivers do not need to speed or drive aggressively and keep distractions to a minimum.