Student throws a can of Chef Boyardee out of a moving school bus window, hitting vehicle

The can hits a jeep and causes $700 in damages
Posted at 10:13 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 23:21:26-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A Hudson woman says she was driving when her jeep was hit by a can of noodles. A student threw the can out of a moving school bus, that student told officers she was peer pressured.

"Later on I thought I was very lucky that I wasn't hurt. I could have ran off the road because of my reaction," said Diane Dunn.

Diane Dunn said a can of Chef Boyardee smacked the hood of her car. It happened on Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey.

"I just noticed an object flying towards me and heard a large bang and it hit here and bounced off," said Dunn as she pointed to the damage on her car.

The bus driver pulled over and Dunn called New Port Richey Police.

She said she didn't want to press charges against the student who attends Gulf High School.

"I didn't want to ruin a child's life. I didn't know the circumstances and I thought it could be the first time and hopefully, she would learn a lesson from it," said Dunn.

A spokesperson for Pasco County Schools said a school resource officer responded. The student received a citation for criminal mischief.

Dunn wants to know who will pay for the damage. It's estimated to cost $730. She believes the student should be responsible.

"She should be the one to pay back the money to get my vehicle fixed at least learn that lesson," said Dunn.

Dunn said she has been in contact with the child's parents, but so far they have not offered to pay for damages. Dunn said she will likely have to take them to civil court.

We reached out to the child's parents, but have not heard back yet.

The student told officers her friends "peer pressured" her into throwing the can out the window. She said they were bribing her with money.