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Tampa teen injured in crash with bus dies

TAMPA — John Camacho told his mom he wanted to go into real estate after he finished high school.

"Oh, you're going to be the next Donald Trump?" Jacqueline Camacho asked.

"More," John told her. "Better."

That dream shattered Sunday when the 16-year-old Alonso High junior died of injuries from an April 9 crash.

He was a passenger in a pickup that slammed into the rear of a HART bus at Gunn Highway and Henderson Road in Odessa.

On Tuesday, his family remembered the easygoing kid with the big heart and fierce determination. "He was a go-getter," Jacqueline Camacho said. "I called him my entrepreneur because he would either find mowing jobs or sell lemonade or sneakers — anything he could get money with."

At Alonso High, he was part of an on-the-job training program that allowed him to leave school early and work. He had two jobs: at Chick-fil-A and his father's shop, International Auto Air off Waters Avenue.

He was the youngest of four children. A sister is 17, and two brothers are 18 and 20.

In addition to Camacho, another passenger, Alex M. Richards, 16, was critically injured in the wreck. Driver Rafael Camargo also was hurt, though deputies said his injuries were not life-threatening.

When paramedics arrived, they took Camacho, Camargo and Richards to St. Joseph's Hospital, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Of the five passengers and driver aboard the HART bus, three were treated at area hospitals with minor injuries.

Services for John Camacho will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Trinity Memorial Gardens.

Tampa teen injured in crash with bus dies 04/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12:07am]
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