LEALMAN — A 14-year-old student trying to reach a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus to get to school was struck and injured by a van driver early Wednesday while crossing 34th Street N, troopers say.
The incident took place about 6:28 a.m. at 34th Street N, just south of 50th Avenue N. A 30-year-old St. Petersburg man was driving a van north on 34th Street N when he struck the girl, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A 14-year-old St. Petersburg girl was walking west across U.S. 19 to reach the bus when troopers say she entered the van driver’s path and was struck.
The girl suffered serious injuries, but troopers did not say if she was taken to a hospital. The school the girl attends was not disclosed. The van driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
The Highway Patrol did not release the names of anyone involved in the crash due to its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to Florida’s Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records laws.