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Friday, September 30, 2022

RTS bus hits UF student texting in crosswalk near the Hub

<p class="p1">Melanie Cabezas, a 21-year-old chemical engineering senior, talks on the phone Thursday evening after getting hit by a Route 38 RTS bus near the Hub.</p>

Melanie Cabezas, a 21-year-old chemical engineering senior, talks on the phone Thursday evening after getting hit by a Route 38 RTS bus near the Hub.

A UF student is recovering from minor injuries after a Regional Transit System bus hit her Thursday evening near the Hub.

Melanie Cabezas, a 21-year-old UF chemical engineering senior, was walking on a crosswalk texting when the Route 38 bus struck her. The accident injured Cabezas’ knee, but she refused medical attention, said RTS spokesman Chip Skinner.

University Police issued the bus driver a citation for the accident, but as of press time, the department couldn’t say what the citation was for, said UPD Sgt. Seth Colsum.

Buses hit pedestrians about one or two times per year, “which is a good thing considering that we’re moving 10 million people every year,” Skinner said.

“It’s rare that anybody is struck by our buses,” he said.

Cabezas declined to give further details, but she did give advice to pedestrians.

“All I got to say is you better live life to the fullest, ‘cause you never know when you’re gonna get hit by a bus,” she said.

[Staff writers Kelcee Griffis and Shayna Posses contributed to this report. A version of this story ran on page 4 on 2/28/2014 under the headline "Bus hits woman texting in crosswalk"]

Melanie Cabezas, a 21-year-old chemical engineering senior, talks on the phone Thursday evening after getting hit by a Route 38 RTS bus near the Hub.

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