Accidents spur mom to request bus for daughter

Tampa, Florida - A Tampa mother gets teary-eyed as she expresses fear and worry for her daughter who has to cross a busy road to get to school.

Tanita Dixon told 10 News that her daughter Destiny could be hurt walking to Memorial Middle School in Tampa.

"She has to walk from here all the way down Nebraska cross Hillsborough, cross Osborne, go down Osborne and cross central to get to school," said Dixon.

At the top of the mind for the Tampa mother is a Monday incident where an 11th grade student was struck on Osborne Avenue when an alleged impaired driver struck her and the March incident when Norma Velasquez-Cabrera was killed crossing Hillsborough Avenue.

Admittedly, those incidents are unlike that of her daughter, who isn't eligible for a bus because she lives less than 2 miles from the school and has access to crosswalks, but it doesn't dampen her concern.

"Even when the crosswalk is there half the time people don't pay attention," she said.

10 News noticed that there is signal at the crosswalk located to the exit ramp to Interstate 275 and Hillsborough and drivers fail to stop prior to the crosswalk, if at all.

Dixon did contacted school officials Thursday, but wants the word out so other parents push for a bus, too.

Hillsborough County Public Schools told 10 News by phone that Dixon's request is under review and transportation officials will evaluate the route.

Despite what the district is doing, there are no guarantees and Dixon says her request for a bus has been denied once before.

"Those are my kids and I don't want anything to happen to them," said Dixon.

Florida statute states that transportation will be provided only to those who live outside a reasonable walking distance from an assigned school.


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