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Pinellas County student hit by car while riding bike to school

Driver cited for driving on suspended license
Posted at 9:05 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 09:11:10-05

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — An East Lake High School student is in critical condition after a crash at the intersection of East Lake Road and Pine Ridge Drive in Tarpon Springs. The crash happened around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Janeva Love Buczynski, 15, was crossing East Lake Road on her bike to get to East Lake High School. 

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Investigators say Buczynski was in the crosswalk, but she crossed into the Northbound part of the intersection, in front of a car that had a green light.

The car, driven by a 51-year-old woman from Holiday, hit Buczynski, critically injuring her. She was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in this crash. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license.

In the meantime, Pinellas County School leaders have sent a support team to East Lake High School to help students in the wake of the crash.

The crash closed East Lake Road until about 7:30 a.m.