Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Three Sunlake High School students injured in crash near campus

LAND O'LAKES — Three Sunlake High School seniors were injured Friday in a traffic accident near the campus, a day before the prom and 15 days before graduation.

Kyle Hunnewell, Emilio Batista and Shawn Bosley, all 17, were heading back to school from lunch just before noon when the crash happened. Hunnewell's black Honda Accord, which was facing east on State Road 54, turned left in front of an oncoming Pasco school district maintenance van, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP report said Hunnewell made the turn despite having a red arrow traffic signal.

The three students were wearing seat belts, the report said.

The car collided with the van, which overturned, the report said. The driver, William Ase, 49, of New Port Richey, suffered minor injuries.

Hunnewell's sister, Kristy, 27, said her brother was conscious while being treated at the scene.

She said the teens had gone to eat at a gas station near the school. Seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch. She said witnesses told her that her brother had the green arrow when he turned left.

Hunnewell and Bosley were both taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, the report said. They remained there Friday, Kristy Hunnewell said.

She said her brother was expected to be released the next day and Bosley might need surgery. Batista was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries, but was treated and released Friday evening.

All three had planned to attend the prom this weekend at the Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater, but that won't happen now.

Kristy Hunnewell said she hopes all three will recover quickly enough to attend graduation.

"Luckily," she said, "everyone's alive."

The wreck remains under investigation.

It marks the second recent serious accident for Sunlake, which is set to hold its graduation June 1 at the USF Sun Dome.

On May 1, another Sunlake senior, Kasey Reisinger, 18, lost control of his pickup truck on a wet Shady Hills Road.

The truck crashed through a fence and a tree and overturned. Reisinger remained Friday at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in guarded condition.

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