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Giunta Middle School Student Andrea Bower passed away shortly after 5:00 p.m. at Tampa General Hospital.
3428 Buckhorn Springs Road
8th grade student Giunta Middle School
Stephanie Lynn Akins (not injured)
4922 Chatham Gate Drive
Every morning Andrea Bower boards an eastbound Hillsborough County School bus on the south side of Bloomingdale Avenue at Buckhorn Springs Road. This morning, November 16, 2012, Andrea arrived late and missed her eastbound bus. Andrea knew that her bus would return and pick up students directly across the street on the north side of the Bloomingdale Avenue.
At 8:30 a.m., the bus was heading west approaching the bus stop from several blocks away when Andrea began crossing Bloomingdale Avenue and was struck in the outside lane by the Ford SUV driven by Stephanie Akins.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide investigators are on scene conducting the investigation. Stephanie Akins had two of her small children in the care and is fully cooperating. She has submitted to a voluntary blood draw. Speed or alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
There were several kids at the bus stop waiting to get picked up who witnessed the crash. School officials immediately responded to the scene and will be working with those students as well as students at Giunta Middle School.
Andrea Bower is currently at Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Andrea's family has been notified and is at Tampa General Hospital with her.
The investigation continues.