Family of man hit by Lee school bus seeks apology from district

Author: Christina Lusby
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.-  The family of a man hit by a school bus is asking for an apology. A school bus driver has been arrested for causing the crash.

New details emerged about what happened along Kismet Parkway Wednesday. 27-year-old Eric Powell was riding on his bike to work when he was hit by a school bus.

WINK News learned the bus driver kept driving because she claims she didn’t know anything had happened.

An attorney has advised Powell not to talk about what happened to him but his mother Evelyn Flora says she hasn’t heard anything from the district.

“We still felt like someone should of called after they knew what they did and at least ask about him at the hospital or apologized or something but no one did anything,” said Flora. “Nobody from the school called at all.”

Investigators say the bus driver Deborah Evans clipped the bike from behind then kept on driving. She told investigators she thought she’d hit a pot hole, the high schoolers on board thought the same.

“We heard just a small thump and people that were sleeping woke up and then went back to sleep,” said student Erika Rivero.

Rivero says they didn’t know what had happened until police showed up asking questions.

“I feel bad for my bus driver and I also feel bad for the man,” said Rivero.

Police say they found a broken light at the scene, then went to the bus barn to find the bus with a damaged light.

“Yeah we were scared, you get hit by a bus you think the worst,” said Flora.

The Lee County School District is doing its own internal investigation. Until there is an outcome, the driver will be reassigned to another position.

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