Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mother grieves for girl struck by car on Busch Boulevard

TAMPA

The sisters picked wildflowers for their mother as they walked to the store Sunday.

The delicate pink petals were in 12-year-old Jazmine Shubbar's back pocket when a sport utility vehicle hit her little sister on Busch Boulevard. She didn't pull them out until later, as they waited at the hospital where 8-year-old Jayla Shubbar died.

On Tuesday, as Jayla's mom, Darcien, questioned how she would pay for cremation, the flowers, now in a bag, had not yet dried.

She held the bag open and inhaled.

Shubbar cries spontaneously. She clutches her daughter's toys. She watches cellphone videos of Jayla dancing and singing.

She limps on a black-and-blue foot, which she injured as she ran to Jayla's broken body.

Shubbar, 31, wants people to know about Jayla's joy, how she loved dancing to Michael Jackson and selling Girl Scout cookies.

Shubbar has faced criticism in recent days. She feels judged by authorities. The girls were crossing Busch, near 14th Street, alone.

Their mother knew. They had her permission.

Shubbar said she taught her daughters how to safely cross Busch, even though there was no crosswalk or stoplight. She did it with them several times before she agreed to let them go on their own.

She never imagined this could happen.

The Department of Children and Families said Tuesday that it was not investigating.

Tampa police say they do not plan to charge Stacey Goode, 37, the driver of the Honda Pilot that hit Jayla. The girl was jaywalking, they say.

On Tuesday, a man in a suit sat on Darcien Shubbar's couch.

"It was a very preventable tragedy," that man, lawyer Bill Sublette, told a reporter.

Shubbar says it was God's plan. Jayla was too beautiful for this world, she said.

Jazmine is now an only child. Her bright smile on Tuesday masks her feelings, Shubbar said. Jazmine wakes up in the night screaming, "No! No!"

Shubbar heard that officials plan to put in a crosswalk at Busch and 12th Street, just two blocks from where Jayla was hit. It had been in the works for months, though officials had not broken ground.

Shubbar doesn't want to think about "what-ifs."

What if the crosswalk had already been installed?

What if she had not let her daughters walk across the street alone?

"I'm not a passive mother," she said. "But I can't say I would have done it differently. I didn't know."

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Mother grieves for girl struck by car on Busch Boulevard 02/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:02am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, vs. Odorizzi on mound

    Blogs

    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

  2. Citigroup agrees to pay nearly $100 million fine for Mexican subsidiary

    Banking

    NEW YORK — Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering.

    Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  3. Bob Buckhorn apologizes amid online uproar over his joke about pointing machine gun at journalists

    Blogs

    The office of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a statement Monday afternoon saying Buckhorn is apologizing to combat journalists for a joke he made last week about pointing …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during a Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center last year.
  4. Eckerd grad presses for answers after closure of Program for Experienced Learners

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — It’s not unusual for colleges to end programs or discontinue majors that suffer from low enrollment.

    Eckerd College
  5. Controversial pick for next principal of St. Petersburg High put on hold

    Blogs

    Robert Gagnon was all set to be the new principal at St. Petersburg High, a plum position in the Pinellas County school district. His name was on a list of top administrative candidates to be approved at a special School Board meeting Tuesday.

    Robert Gagnon, who currently serves as an assistant principal at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, was tapped to lead St. Petersburg High next year pending School Board approval. The recommendation for his appointment was pulled from the School Board agenda by school district superintendent Mike Grego on Monday in light of "new information shared with me" regarding Gagnon's administrative experience in Lake County, according to an email sent to Pinellas County School Board members.