Update: 5 Children, 2 Adults Hit by Vehicle at Tampa Bus Stop

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
November 1, 2018US News
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Police say that seven people, including five children, were struck by a vehicle at a bus stop in Tampa, Florida.

Officials in Tampa said that two children suffered serious injuries, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening, ABC Action News reported.

The victims were been identified as Alexandra Torres-Banegas, 6, Allinson Galindo, 6, Enrique Antonio Tobias Patino, 6, Sandy Quintana, 9, Perla Galindo, 12, Yanely Jurado, 31, and Laura Patino Chavez, 32.

The vehicle was going down Bougainvillea at a high rate of speed before hitting the children and adults, the report said.

The driver was cooperating with police, but he hasn’t yet been charged, police said, adding that charges are pending. His name was not disclosed.

“At this time it does not appear that the crash was intentional and it does not appear that the driver was impaired. It is unclear whether the driver was speeding at the time of the crash, though a witness said he believed the car was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Tampa Police said in a news release.

Video footage of the crash showed backpacks and children’s clothing strewn about the sidewalk and road.

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The victims were been identified as Alexandra Torres-Banegas, 6, Allinson Galindo, 6, Enrique Antonio Tobias Patino, 6, Sandy Quintana, 9, Perla Galindo, 12, Yanely Jurado, 31, and Laura Patino Chavez, 32. (Fox)

Other Fatal Bus Stop Accidents

The accident is the fourth this week in the United States where children have been hit by vehicles while waiting at a bus stop.

Fatal accidents have been reported in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Indiana.

Notably, in Indiana, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd was charged with three counts of felony reckless homicide. She’s accused of killing three siblings, including two 6-year-old twin brothers, NBC News reported.

Shepherd said she drove past the school bus as its lights were flashing and while its stop sign was displayed before hitting the children.

“[The bus driver] said at the last second he hit his horn, but there was nothing he could do,” Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper told Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele about the Indiana accident on Oct. 30, reported the South Bend Tribune.

Shepherd, who has children of her own, apparently didn’t recognize that it was a school bus.

“She did not recognize it immediately as a school bus. In fact, she said she was trying to figure out what it was,” the detective told the judge. “She knows she dimmed her lights for it because it had headlights, but she couldn’t make out what it was. By the time she realized what it was, the kids were right there in front of her.”

In Mississippi, Hunter Newman, 22, was identified as the driver of the truck that hit a 9-year-old child. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assaultreported KTRK. If convicted, Newman could get up to 60 years in prison.

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