Hillsborough County Deputies need the public’s help identifying a woman caught on video banging and kicking a school bus door.
- Happened near Sheldon Rd, Citrus Park Dr.
- Assailant stopped her car in middle of the road, got out and kicked bus door
- Special needs students on board bus at time of incident
Investigators say the incident occurred on April 12 near Sheldon Road and Citrus Park Drive.
Footage from the video from the Hillsborough County School bus camera shows a woman stopping her dark colored Nissan Altima in the middle of the road. That woman then hops out of her car, bangs on the door of the bus and then kicks it, causing the glass to crack.
The bus driver, Sidonie West, said she didn’t see the attack coming.
“She walked up so calmly that I thought she was just coming to ask something. I wasn’t a hundred percent sure,” she said.
What made the situation worse, West explained, was that there were students on board the from Caminiti Exceptional Center who have special needs.
“It was scary," West said. "It’s most scary for the kids because they don’t verbalize, they don’t have communication skills verbally, and there was a lot of tears, there was a lot of screaming and they were very upset."
Investigators are now asking for the public’s help to positively identify the woman in the video.
“Mainly because of the video and because it’s a blatant marked Hillsborough County school bus, and this day and age you just don’t approach school buses and take matters in your own hands,” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Corporal, Greg Thomas said.
West said as bad as this incident was, she plans to keep protecting the kids on her bus at all costs, just like she did last week.
“Being a bus driver, everybody says, 'oh, bless you for taking care of those kids.' It’s not the kids that are the hard part — it’s the other drivers that are out there,” she said.
Investigators said they ran that driver’s tag number thanks to West’s quick thinking. Authorities said they believe the registered owner of that car is the same person seen in the video, but they want the public’s help to positively identify her.
If you have any information contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office at 813-247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).