Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-031

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 27, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    School Bus Accident

    A van pulls into the path of a school bus.
    • Thursday
    • January 27, 2011
    • Time: 7:13 AM
    • Palm River Road east of 50th
    • Tampa, FL

    Vehicle #1:

    Hillsborough County School Bus

    Melissa Sizemore DOB 3/6/69
    13016 Early Run
    Riverview, FL 33569

    Vehicle #2:

    1995 Dodge Van

    Joseph Pearson DOB 10/31/79
    6115 Mabry Avenue
    Gibsonton, FL 33534


    The van driven by Joseph Pearson was traveling westbound on Palm River Road and made a left hand turn in front of the oncoming school bus. The school bus was unable to stop resulting in the bus striking the van. Twenty-three students were aboard the bus. Five students were transported to the hospital complaining of neck and back pain with soreness. Neither driver was injured. Approximately $3,000 worth of damage to both the bus and the van. The driver of the van was cited.
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