Saturday, June 23, 2018
Public safety

Woman injured when PSTA bus crashes near Gandy Boulevard

ST. PETERSBURG — A 57-year-old woman was critically injured Thursday morning when the SUV she was driving crashed head on with a PSTA bus near Gandy Boulevard.

The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. on a frontage road near the Windjammer Condominiums, 1400 Gandy Blvd.

Ruth Hoffelmeyer, of St. Petersburg, was driving east on the frontage road in her 2005 Acura when she approached a slight bend in the road. At the same time, Robert Davis Jr., 48, also of St. Petersburg, was driving the PSTA bus west near the same bend.

Authorities believe Hoffelmeyer suffered a medical episode, which caused her to lose control of her vehicle. Her car swung across the double yellow line and into the path of the bus, police said.

The impact knocked Hoffelmeyer and her car backward about 30 feet.

Hoffelmeyer was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she was listed in critical condition, police said. There were 15 people on the bus at the time; seven were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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