Buchanan Middle School sudents hit crossing street
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -
A brother and sister ended up in the hospital on their last day of school after they tried to cross a busy street with about 30 other students, according to investigators.
Hillsborough County deputies said the driver of a Honda Civic hit Nahomy Brizula, 15, and her brother Abner Brizula, 12. Paramedics took both of the students to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The children are stable and have non-life-threatening injuries.
“It was a group of children that were running out in front of traffic,” said Kim Sammons, who stopped to help after the accident. “It’s just a sad situation on the last day of school.”
It happened at 1:27 p.m. on Friday at Bearss Ave. and Monet Dr., where there is no cross walk. The children were walking home from Buchanan Middle and tried to cross four lanes of traffic plus a turning lane. Some were nearly hit by a car on one side of Bearss, then immediately after, the Honda on the other side of the median hit the brother and sister.
“They were just excited and caught in the moment so no one really realized that would’ve happened,” said Ailed Barron, who is a friend of the Brizula family. “Today has been happy but then once I heard that it crashed down.”
Friends of the Brizula family said Abner is a child with special needs and his big sister is often the protector when they are together.
The accident hit close to home for Sammons, who is a mother herself, and warned other children about what happened.
“Don’t think you’re invincible because this can very much happen to you,” she said near the accident scene. “All you kids need to be careful and cross at the light. Don’t jaywalk.”
Deputies identified the driver as Juana Zurbano, 19 of Tampa. They cited her for driving while she had a suspended license. It’s unclear at this point if any of the children will face charges.