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Spring Hill driver accused of hitting school bus, fleeing

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license after a collision with a Hernando school bus Tuesday morning.

Jesus Manuel Irizarry, 30, was taken into custody Tuesday. He was booked into the Hernando County Jail and remained behind bars Wednesday.

Irizarry has already been sentenced to 60 days in jail on the charges, according to a jail spokesman. He had three previous convictions for operating a motor vehicle without a license and a warrant out for his arrest at the time of the crash.

The collision occurred about 8 a.m. Tuesday when a red Dodge driven by Irizarry drifted across the center lane of Philatelic Drive, according to the report. The Dodge struck the left front of the school bus and then scraped the entire left side of the bus.

Deputies said the Dodge was on the wrong side of the road when the accident happened. No one was hurt.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Irizarry had fled on foot. He later turned himself in to a detective who was searching for him in the neighborhood.

Irizarry was then arrested and taken to jail.

Spring Hill driver accused of hitting school bus, fleeing 02/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:08pm]
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