A 7-year-old was crossing the street Wednesday morning to board her school bus, when deputies say she was struck by a car.
It happened before 8 a.m. in the area of Pine Top Road and Summer Cruise Drive in Valrico.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the girl was waiting in the car with her dad when she saw the bus coming, and got out to walk to the bus stop.
During the preliminary investigation, officials said the bus was slowing down, and had its yellow lights flashing when the car tried to pass the bus.
After further investigation, deputies said the bus had not yet turned onto Pine Top Drive, and the girl crossed the road, "without looking for oncoming traffic", before it made it to the bus stop.
At the same time, the car, which was already on Pine Top Drive, was going between five and 10 miles per hour in the opposite lane and hit the girl as she crossed.
The bus' lights were flashing as it approached the bus stop, but the car was not passing the bus when the accident happened.
Deputies said she was treated for a minor elbow injury at the scene, but her father told FOX 13 he planned on taking her to the hospital to have her further evaluated.
The girl's name has not been released, but officials said she is a student at Nelson Elementary School.
Deputies did not issue a ticket to the driver.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, drivers can be cited for passing a school bus when it has its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended. There are not many specifics when it comes to the yellow, warning lights that flash before the bus actually stops, but this incident sheds light on the importance of knowing the law.
FOX 13 will continue with updates as they become available.
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