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Deputies: Tampa boy hit by motorcyclist on sidewalk

TAMPA — A 10-year-old boy getting off his school bus Monday afternoon was hit by a motorcyclist driving on the sidewalk, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Diamies Muniz, a student at Shaw Elementary School, was struck about 2:15 p.m. on the west sidewalk of 15th Street North in front of the Shadow Pines Apartments complex, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital with injuries to his legs that weren't life-threatening.

Rico Nicole Vickers, 19, was driving southbound on 15th Street on a red, 80cc Honda motorcycle when the school bus stopped in front of her. Instead of stopping, deputies said she attempted to pass the bus by driving on the sidewalk. When she saw Muniz, she tried to stop the motorcycle by laying it on its side, but it still struck the boys legs, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Vickers of Tampa was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and suffered contusions to her face and head. Deputies said she was taken by family members to a hospital for treatment.

She was charged with failing to stop for an unloading school bus, driving a vehicle on the sidewalk, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license.

Hillsborough sheriff's records show Vickers was arrested twice in 2016 for failure to appear in court.

Deputies: Tampa boy hit by motorcyclist on sidewalk 02/13/17 [Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 9:04pm]
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