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April 5, 2017

Tuesday Morning, in Longwood, a Seminole County school bus was transporting numerous students to school when a motorcyclist lost control of her bike and slammed into the bus’ side. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol have released their current timeline of events and it discusses how the incident happened that has resulted in one person being hospitalized. According to the report, Kimberly Rosselot, a Longwood resident, was driving her 2015 Honda motorcycle eastward along Acorn Drive when she approached Longwood Lake Mary Road. This was just before 8:00 in the morning.

The school bus, on the other hand, was traveling towards the same intersection, along Lake Mary Road. It is not currently clear just why the following happened, but Rosselot failed to stop for the stop sign that controls traffic on the intersection. The bus was traveling through at the same time, and seeing this Rosselot attempted to stop as fast as possible to avoid a direct collision. In the process, she lost control of her vehicle and was thrown from the bike. The bike shot forwards and collided with the school bus and Rosselot was tossed along the asphalt until she came to a stop.

Florida Highway Patrol members were among the first responders to the scene and they helped load the injured but alive Rosselot into an ambulance that took her to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. All the students in the bus—as well as the bus driver—were declared to be free from injury, although the incident was no doubt frightening for them.

Currently, no charges against either the driver of the school bus or Rosselot are pending, although the investigation into exactly what happened on Tuesday is still ongoing. Based on the number of witnesses and the fact that the Rosselot, the only injured party, is the one who ran the stop sign, it seems unlikely that charges against the bus driver will be forthcoming. However, there is certainly a possibility that the investigation will uncover evidence that differs from what seems currently likely. In this case, it is not clear whether or not Rosselot will have reason to press charges.

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