The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 13-year old Andrea Bower was running late this morning to catch the bus to take her to Giunta Middle School in Riverview.
She missed the bus at her usual stop and decided to cross busy Bloomingdale Avenue to get on the bus at a different stop. That's when she was struck by an SUV driven by Stephanie Akins. Authorities say Bower is now in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. And they say at this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.