POINCIANA, Fla. – As a mother injured at a school bus stop while holding her 3-year-old son remains in the hospital, neighbors wonder why the driver was unable to stop before crashing into her and a house.
"From the distance where she's coming from way beyond that house there, I don't know if she was sleeping or what but there's plenty of time to recover," said Donavan Grinnell, whose house was condemned after the crash.
Grinnell said San Remo Road is sometimes road, but what happened around 8 a.m. Monday seemed almost unbelievable.
Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol ticketed Olga St. Hilaire, 50, of St. Cloud with careless driving, after she said she accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake when approaching a stopped school bus. Officials said she had a perfect driving record until the accident.
"If she had inadvertantly stepped on the gas, there was plenty of time to recover," believes Grinnell.
FHP said Michelle Renaud, 32, was seriously injured as she held her 3-year-old Joshua while watching her other child at the bus stop. The toddler suffered minor injuries, and the driver narrowly missed hitting other children at the bus stop.