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Witnesses: School bus may have caused St. Petersburg crash

Danielle Gard, 16, retrieves something from the car she was riding in, which hit a school bus carrying St. Pete High students. The collision happened Tuesday afternoon at 30th Avenue N and 58th Street in St. Petersburg. Police are investigating the cause.

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

Danielle Gard, 16, retrieves something from the car she was riding in, which hit a school bus carrying St. Pete High students. The collision happened Tuesday afternoon at 30th Avenue N and 58th Street in St. Petersburg. Police are investigating the cause.

ST. PETERSBURG — Police were investigating whether a Pinellas County school bus driver went through a red light and into the path of a car carrying three teenagers Tuesday afternoon.

The students in the car and independent witnesses both told St. Petersburg police that's what caused the crash.

But the investigation won't be complete until a traffic officer looks at the bus' video surveillance system, which may not happen until today, police said.

"Witnesses said the bus went through the traffic-control device," said police spokesman George Kajtsa. "However, the officer has no confirmation of that."

The crash took place about 2:15 p.m. at 58th Street and 30th Avenue N, police said.

The bus was carrying students from St. Petersburg High School.

The car, a silver Buick LeSabre, was driven by Myrom Londono, 17, who is the junior class president at Dixie Hollins High School.

He and two friends were headed north on 58th Street. The light was green, he said.

Londono said that as he drove through the intersection, the bus — headed west on 30th Avenue — crossed right in front of him.

"The bus, it just didn't stop," he said. "It took the red light and caused me to crash."

The Buick plowed into the driver's side of the school bus just behind the driver's seat.

The car was totaled, Londono said.

No one in either vehicle was injured, police said.

The bus was driven by Kay Roberts, 53, of St. Petersburg.

Londono said he and his friends were wearing their seat belts.

Witnesses: School bus may have caused St. Petersburg crash 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:19pm]
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