Driver arrested in bus stop crash which left woman critical
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Kissimmee man is in jail this holiday weekend after state troopers said he ran over a woman who was standing at a bus stop.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jose Quinones Vega was heading westbound on Oak Ridge Rd. when he apparently lost control of his car. Investigators said he crossed three traffic lanes and crashed into a Lynx bus shelter, hitting a woman who was waiting for the bus.
Jessica Hayes, 18, remains in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. According to an FHP report, she ended up underneath Vega's Buick after it ripped out a bench at the bus shelter near Texas Ave.
That's why bus riders like Anna Johnson often spend more time watching the cars, than watching for the bus.
"I really pay attention to cars, because if I feel like they're going to swerve, I go further back," Johnson said. "Sometimes I'm scared to walk down the sidewalk, because these people ride up and just hit you!"
A Lynx spokesperson told FOX 35 that the bus shelter was federally funded and anchored into the ground to withstand hurricanes. They are working to rebuild the shelter as soon as possible.
Vega, 33, is charged with reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license with a death or serious injury. He is being held at Orange County Jail on $10,000 bond.