ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol continued its investigation Sunday into a bus crash near Disney's Animal Kingdom in which multiple people were injured a day earlier.
The son of Megan Hester-Villalobos (pictured below), 36, of Groveland, said their family had been at a Disney park all day.
Troopers said Hester-Villalobos, who is the daughter of former Groveland City Manager Ralph Hester, was driving her sport utility vehicle south in the northbound lanes of Sherberth Road near Osceola Parkway at about 6 p.m. when she struck struck a bus head-on.
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FHP said the SUV and bus, which had 16 occupants, both caught fire. Hester-Villalobos' 7-year-old son was able to get out of the SUV and get help. Eight people on the bus were sent to Celebration Hospital.
Injuries from the crash were reported to have been from minor to serious.
Hester-Villalobos' son told his aunt a van was pulling into their lane and his mom swerved to avoid hitting it. However, FHP said the woman might have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Hester-Villalobos' sister told News 6 the woman has a broken leg, other fractures and doesn't remember the crash. She also said Hester-Villalobos expressed concern for people on the bus, saying she didn't mean to hurt anyone.
Hester-Villalobos' husband suffered a fractured leg in the crash.
Troopers said they don't believe Hester-Villalobos was impaired.
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The FHP said the crash remains under investigation as charges are pending against Hester-Villalobos for driving on the wrong side of the road.