FHP: Manatee teenager hit by SUV while trying to board school bus

FHP: Manatee teenager hit by SUV while trying to board school bus

Staff Report Thursday Aug 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM

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The 14-year-old was seriously injured when the Kia failed to stop, according to a report.

MANATEE COUNTY — A teenager was seriously hurt Thursday morning when an SUV failed to stop for a school bus, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

According to the FHP, a school bus driven by Tina A. Rodriguez, 74, of Bradenton, was stopped to pick up children with its red lights flashing and stop signs deployed at Verna Bethany Road and Gopher Hill Road at about 6:22 a.m.

A Kia SUV driven north on Verna Bethany Road by Josee Martin, 19, of Sarasota entered the intersection facing the flashing school bus red signals. The front of the SUV collided with Gabriel Shimmin, 14, of Manatee County, who was crossing the street to board the bus. Gabriel was propelled into the left side of the school bus.

Gabriel was taken to All Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

Martin, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured and cited with failure to stop for a school bus.