Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-324

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 23, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    School Bus Accident

    Two vehicles and a school bus involved in early morning crash.
    • Thursday
    • August 23, 2012
    • Time: 6:41 AM
    • Sheldon Road and Old Linebaugh Avenue

    Vehicle #1:

    • 2006 Nissan Murano

    Driver #1:

    Hailey Smith
    DOB: 8/29/95
    20409 Snowden Place
    Tampa, FL

    Cited: Following Too Close

    Vehicle #2:

    • 2003 Chevy Cavalier

    Driver #2:

    Cody Underwood
    DOB: 10/6/94
    10418 Snowden Place
    Tampa, FL


    Austin Pullian
    DOB: 12/1/95
    10418 Snowden Place
    Tampa, FL

    Chad Blood
    DOB: 6/18/95
    10738 Tavistick Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Vehicle #3:

    • Hillsborough County School Bus

    Driver #3:

    Luis Ortiz
    DOB: 9/8/72
    9702 Poplar Street
    Tampa, FL


    On August 23, 2012 at approximately 6:41 a.m., a Hillsborough County school bus was traveling southbound on Sheldon Road. The school bus slowed to stop at the railroad tracks. A 2003 Chevy Cavalier driven by Cody Underwood was behind the school bus and a 2006 Nissan Murano driven by Hailey Smith was following the Chevy Cavalier. Ms Smith failed to observe the stopped school bus and Chevy Cavalier. Ms Smith struck the Chevy Cavalier pushing it into the rear of the school bus.

    The students were removed from the school bus and the school district provided another bus to transport the students to school. There were no injuries to the students on the bus. Ms. Smith was cited for Following to Close.

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