Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Osceola Middle School sixth-grader hit by car after getting off school bus

SEMINOLE — An Osceola Middle School student was injured Wednesday afternoon when a car passed her stopped school bus as she was exiting and hit her, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported.

The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. at 81st Avenue N and Ridge Road. The girl, 12, was taken by ambulance to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, officials said.

"It appears the child is going to be okay," said Osceola principal Bob Vicari, who came to the scene of the accident.

A trooper issued the driver, Taygeti Rigakos, 69, of Seminole, a traffic citation for passing a stopped school bus that had its lights activated.

Vicari said the student, whom troopers identified as Jacqueline M. Jeffery, is in sixth grade. She was in stable condition Wednesday evening. "Everybody loves her," Vicari said.

District and Highway Patrol officials said the bus had its "stop" arm out and its flashers on when the accident happened.

The girl was toward the end of a line of about 10 students getting off at the stop, which is in a residential area and a no-passing zone. She had just cleared the front of the bus when she was struck by Rigakos' 2003 Chevy sedan.

Four other students were still on the bus and witnessed the accident, Vicari said.

According to Pinellas County records, Rigakos completed a defensive driving course in 2003 after receiving a citation for failing to yield. She also paid a fine in 2000 after pleading no contest to leaving the scene of an accident. Adjudication was withheld in that case.

Times staff writer Ron Matus contributed to this report. Kameel Stanley can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8643.

Osceola Middle School sixth-grader hit by car after getting off school bus 02/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Blogs

    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102