The weekend started in a very rough way for a handful of Hillsborough County students.
On their way home, they felt a jolt on their bus.
"It was like a big bump," said Walker Middle Magnet student Jazmin Rhoden.
That bump was a motorcycle that ended up in a horrific crash. It wound up in pieces after colliding with the bus near Waters and Twelve Oaks Drive.
The rider was going west; the school bus was headed east. As the bus turned left, the bike slammed into it. Investigators say the driver, 22-year-old Jose Rodriguez of Tampa, was going upwards of 100 miles per hour.
Debris from the accident flew into a couple cars nearby. The bike and its rider also went flying and hit a third vehicle. The rider, who didn't have a helmet on, died at the hospital.
All of this while five stunned middle and high school students looked on.
"He flew all the way to the side of the street and he didn't move after that," said Walker Middle Magnet student Alexis Haukaas. "We couldn't speak. We were just speechless."
Waters was shut down for a while as crews worked the ugly scene. At this point, it appears the bus driver is not at fault and isn't being cited. Thankfully, no one on board was hurt.
"If the motorcycle hit the bus at a different location, our outcome could be very different this evening," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office PIO Cristal Bermudez Nunez.
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