3 injured in crash involving a school bus in Lehigh Acres, driver facing charges
A crash in Lehigh Acres involving a school bus carrying 42 students to Riverdale High School left one adult and two students injured and blocked off all lanes on Lee Boulevard at Douglas Avenue Wednesday morning.
According to a Lee County School District spokesperson, the two students were complaining about neck and back pains and were transported out of precaution.
The bus driver was not injured in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle involved, identified as Jose Sica Rojop, 22, of Fort Myers, did suffer minor injuries in the collision. He was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Rojop is facing charges with “turning left in front of traffic.”
The other students on the bus were taken to school on a new bus.
The following message was sent by phone to parents of all of the students on the bus:
Your student’s bus was involved in a minor accident this morning. All students are accounted for and an alternate bus is bringing them to campus. If you have any questions please call the school. Thank you.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, Rojop, who was driving a 1997 Chevy 2500, was attempting to turn left crossing the inside and center lanes from Lee Boulevard onto Douglas Avenue. This caused the car to head directly into the path of the school bus that was heading westbound on Lee Blvd.
The front of the bus struck the right side of the Chevy. The collision redirected the Chevy clockwise, overturning it onto its left side. The car came to final rest in the outside lane on it’s left side facing east.
The school bus came to final rest in the outside lane facing west.