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Pupil has minor injuries from bus-minivan crash

An elementary school pupil suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon when a school bus filled with children was hit from behind by a minivan, according to Pasco County Fire-Rescue. The accident occurred about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and Rowan Road. The girl, whose age was not available, complained of back pain and was taken to Columbia New Port Richey Hospital as a precaution, officials said. Neither driver was injured. The school bus driver said she was preparing to stop and let off children when the accident happened. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

Clarification

A story Thursday mentioned that rapist Robert Hatcher founded a garbage business. That business was sold in 1974 and has changed hands a number of times since then. Hatcher has no involvement with the company now called Hatcher Disposal Inc.

SAYING GOODBYE: Maureen Mezerewski of New Port Richey grieves Thursday at the casket of her sister Susan McGurl after services at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson. McGurl, a former Pasco County sheriff's deputy, died of cancer Sunday at age 41. She was featured in a Times story in December on her battle with cancer.

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