Pinellas County, FL – According to Baynews9.com, a teenage girl who was cycling on her way to school was struck by a car. The teen was severely injured but has since been released from the intensive care unit and is in recovery after undergoing surgery.
The victim was identified as 15-year-old Janeva Buczynski. Buczynski was hit by a car in the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and East Lake Road near the East Lake High School. The accident has sparked concerns about the area being dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle occupants.
Reports indicate that in 2017, at least 22 warnings or citations were issued to drivers in the area within the last 12 months. One resident said that he had discussed the problem with the school crossing guards because drivers are frequently seen speeding in the East Lake corridor. The resident, Eric Gesualdo, stated that when the school year started, he predicted that an accident would happen after seeing vehicles cruise through the area close to the school at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
The police stated that the driver who struck Buczynski was not under the influence of alcohol or speeding at the time and that the student crossed the street on a green light. According to a letter sent out to parents from the high school’s principal, the school district is requesting that a study is conducted of the traffic in the East Lake corridor.
Cyclists in Florida are killed at a rate higher than any other state. Florida is working to make the roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
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