Judson Quimby struck a Manatee, Florida school bus last Friday, resulting in five students being hospitalized, sources indicate. 80-year-old Quimby was issued a ticket for careless driving in connection to the incident. It is not currently known if more charges are to follow, nor is it known whether Quimby has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
The car accident reportedly occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. last Friday, at the intersection of Manatee Avenue West and 75th Street West. The bus driver, Esmerelda Ramirez, was stopped at the intersection when Quimby rear-ended the bus with some force in his 2002 Dodge intrepid. He then backed up into another vehicle before putting his car into forward gear and hitting the bus a second time.
The driver of the car behind Quimby drove off without getting out of the vehicle. No one was able to provide a description of the vehicle or provide any other information.
Of the 17 students on the bus, 5 were sent to Blake Medical Center with minor injuries. The names and ages of the children were not released, but it is known that they all attend Manatee School of the Arts, which teaches middle school through high school (normally 11-18 years of age). It is not known whether all of the children have been released from the hospital.
Ramirez did not sustain any injuries, but Quimby told officers that his chest hurt following the accident and was also sent to the hospital. He was later released. The school bus itself sustained $2,500 worth of damage.
The incident is the third of its kind since January. On March 1, a pickup truck rear-ended a school bus at the intersection of 27th St East and 11th Ave East. The school bus, #563 in the Manatee school district, was stopped to pick up Freedom Elementary students at approximately 7:45 a.m. and was struck while students were boarding the bus. Photos from the scene of the car accident show that the pickup truck must have been moving with some speed, as the hood is completely smashed against the back of the bus and the front bumper is lodged underneath the bus.
24 students, from ages 6-10, were on the bus at the time, and 8 were sent to either Blake Medical Center or Manatee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Neither the bus driver nor the pickup truck driver were injured. It is not clear why the truck driver failed to stop for the bus and what kind of charges he or she faced in connection to the crash.
The first accident of the year occurred on January 5, when Charles Orr, school bus driver, smashed into a 18-wheel truck after turning around in his seat to reprimand a student. The accident occurred on State Road 64 near Interstate 75 in Manatee County at around 4:45 p.m., as the driver was dropping off Manatee School District middle school students. Orr was knocked unconscious on impact. After the crash, the bus started to roll down a hill and students ended up jumping out of an emergency exit. A bystander was able to stop the bus, but 21 students were sent to the hospital for treatment for ailments ranging from abrasions to broken bones.