Student walking to school bus hit by car, critically injured

16-year-old hurt in Kissimmee crash; 86-year-old driver faces charges

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy walking to his school bus in Kissimmee was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 86-year-old man, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jordan Velez, of Kissimmee, was hit around 6:10 a.m. Monday near a bus stop at the intersection of Simpson Road and Country Lane. 

Velez, who family members say attends Gateway High School in Kissimmee, was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital and is in critical condition, troopers said.

According to the FHP, a four-door Chevrolet driven by James Martin, of Orlando, was headed south on Simpson Road and failed to stop for the bus, which had its lights activated.

Velez and other teens were crossing the road when he was struck, troopers said.

Martin told troopers that he did not see the lights on the bus, according to the FHP, who ticketed him for passing a stopped school bus.

Simpson Road was closed in both directions while troopers investigated the crash.  The Technical Education Center of Osceola County and Professional and Technical High School are located near the crash site.

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