Grief counselors in two counties are preparing for shocked students when classes resume after Friday’s crash that killed two Deltona girls in Seminole County.
Ashlie Ramos, 11, and Nyasia Quinones, 7, were named Saturday as the victims of the crash near Sanford.
They were in a Mazda 626 driven by Andrea N. Ruz, 30, of Deltona that was eastbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard near State Road 417 about 4:30p.m. That’s when the car turned left in front of a Seminole County school bus with three students on board, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Wanda Diaz said.
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The bus hit the passenger side of the car, Diaz said. The bus driver and students were not hurt.
Counselors will be available to students in Volusia and Seminole counties when classes resume Tuesday.
Volusia County Schools Superintendent Margaret Smith said the Deltona girls were enrolled in an elementary school, but she didn’t immediately know which one.
“We do have a crisis team and we will have counselors at the school,” Smith said Saturday. “We will be contacting family members to assist and help in any way we can.”
Ashlie died at the scene. Nyasia died a short time later at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. That’s where Ruz was in serious condition. She is expected to recover.
Officials didn’t explain the relationship, if any, between the girls and Ruz.
The students on the bus were from Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy, an alternative school, said Kenneth Lewis, transportation director for Seminole’s school district.
The district has arranged for counseling for those students, Seminole sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Smith said. An investigation is ongoing.
Ruz was seriously injured but is expected to recover. The children who died were passengers in her car.
The bus, which had three students on board, hit the passenger side of the car, Diaz said. The bus driver and students were not hurt.
The students on the bus were from Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy, an alternative school, said Kenneth Lewis, transportation director for the Seminole County school district.
The Seminole County school district has also arranged for counseling services for the students, Seminole sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Smith said.
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