[UPDATE] StarMetro Bus Fatally Hits Pedestrian

By: TPD Release
By: TPD Release

UPDATE 3-24-2011

Tallahassee, FL - The Star Metro bus driver involved in the accident that claimed the life of a TCC student yesterday is now off the job.

A Star Metro Spokesperson says 43-year-old Gregory Vickers is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Vickers was driving the Star Metro Nite Nole around one yesterday Wednesday morning on Appleyard Drive when he struck 20-year-old Nickolas Williams.

Police say Williams appeared without notice as the driver began turning onto Pensacola Street. Williams died on the scene. Tallahassee police say Vickers was not cited for the accident.

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Tallahassee, Florida -- UPDATED 3/24/2011 by Candace Sweat

Friends of Nickolas Williams sobbed in each other's arms.

"We love him we miss him. I don't know, it's definitely going to be hard for us," Wlliams' friend, Jaqua Lewis.

The 20-year-old TCC student died suddenly after being hit by a Star Metro Bus around 1:00 Wednesday morning on Appleyard Drive.

Police say Williams appeared without notice as the driver began turning onto Pensacola Street. They say he died on the scene.

"It's not one time I've been around Nick that I was sad or angry. He always brought a smile to our face, all the time," said Lewis.

Despite their pain and shock, Williams' friends somehow found the strength to gather that same day on TCC's campus for a candlelight vigil.

"If you were ever having a down time, he's gonna make you laugh whether you wanted to or not," said another friend.

That ability to make people laugh is what friends say they'll miss the most.

Williams' friends passed around a bucket to raise money for his funeral expenses. Burial arrangements have not been announced at this time.
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Tallahassee, Florida -- March 23, 2011 Noon -- TPD Release --

Early this morning, at approximately 1:00AM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the 400 block of Appleyard Drive, in reference to a subject running into traffic. Upon arrival officers discovered a crash had occurred between a Star Metro(Night Nole) bus and a pedestrian. The investigation revealed that the Star Metro bus was travelling south bound on Appleyard Drive. The bus began to change lanes to approach the turn lane to travel east on Pensacola Street at which time the pedestrian who was in the south bound east lane appeared without notice and was struck. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.

The traffic crash investigation continues. The pedestrian was identified as:

Nickolas Quintin Williams, Male, 20 years of age


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  • by SHAWNTA COONE Location: LAKELAND on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    I LOVE THIS BOY TO DEATH HE HAS BEEN A GREAT FRIEND THROUGH OUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS FOR WEEKS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT I WOKE UP NOT BELIEVEING THAT THIS WAS TRUE... I TRIED TO GET PAST THE HURT TO SEE HOW MANY TIMES HE HAS MADE ME LAUGH...GOD MAKE NO MISTAKES THAT IS TRUE ENOUGH BUT THIS IS ONE THING I WISH HE WUDNT HAVE DONE. NICK MAY YOU REST IN PEACE I LOVE YOU--TAE
  • by ImLateButWhatever Location: Tallahasseee on May 4, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    I have been a resident in Tallahassee for 6 years, and I know that when I see Star Metro buses coming, I try to get out of the way as quickly as possible. Those buses drive very crazy, and very fast. The don't have an regards for the other people traveling on the roads, or even the people walking in them. So regardless of who is at fault in this situation a young man lost his life. My condolences to Nickalie's loved ones. I hope that this is an eye opener to how much work the bus drivers need and also an eye opener to the risk in jay walking.I wasn't there so I don't want to speculate, only God knows what actually happens.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    REST IN PEACE NICKARDY. YOULL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND YOU ARE A LAKELAND ICON. WE ALL LOVE YOU SO MUCH. WATCH OVER US ALL THROUGHOUT OUR LIFE.
  • by girl Location: florida on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM
    Are some of you ppl serious right now....no respect whatsoever. rest in paradise Nick.
  • by MS.SHAREEF Location: TALLAHASSEE on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    first i want to say may god bless this young man to enter paradise. to the family may your heart get lighter with each day that passes. no its not easy to deal with the loss of a child,brother,or wven a friend. i speak from personal experience. i have lost a child also so i know how you are feeling. but lets just think a minute. yes this is a tregedy but noone really knows what happen in truth but god. dont focus on vengance or anger focus on the thought he is in a better place and will never hurt again!
  • by Joe Angie Location: Tally on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:15 AM
    First and foremost, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of this young man. With that being said, I have noticed on many, many occasions that people do not use the crosswalks in this town as they should. Most will be feet from them and instead of using them they will walk through the cars that are stopped at the light. I blame this on TPD for not enforcing ALL laws. Jaywalking is illegal and it has caused numerous accidents and deaths. No driver should be at fault if a person dies from not following the laws and crosses outside of the crosswalk. I drive in this town for a living and it is BS to deal with this. It gets real bad near the colleges.
  • by LadyE on Mar 24, 2011 at 09:49 PM
    Omg..what kind of people do this. Did y'all even know him? If not, then why are you even commenting on this? It doesn't matter if he was in the street, it doesn't matter if it was the drivers fault. He's gone, his friends and family is grieving, and y'all sitting on here pointing fingers. That's not human, show him and his fam some respect!!! Dang. I diislike people like y'all. Smh a shame, and messy. GET A LIFE. TO NICK'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS, IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST. ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY!!!! HE WAS JUST POSTING STUFF ON FACEBOOK JUST THE OTHER DAY, AND NOW HE'S GONE. LIFE IS SO SHORT..LIVING FOR TODAY PRAYING FOR TOMORROW.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to LadyE
      It does matter. Here's why. If there is something mechanically wrong with the bus, it needs to be looked at. If there was a mistake by the bud driver, it needs to be dealt with. We have to try and not have this happen again, and that is why it matters.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    Darwin at work, it's pretty easy not to get hit by a big loud slow bus. Mean but true.
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      by EVIL on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to
      You are a very mean soul.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to EVIL
        No, just a logical soul, take the emotion out of it, how hard is it to avoid a giant loud slow bus coming at you? Truth hurts, he was likely being careless.
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      by Friend on Mar 27, 2011 at 08:07 AM in reply to
      It doesn't matter whether it was easy NOT to get hit by a bus. He is gone and nearly everyone I know has been affected by his lost ! Pointing fingers and blaming him or other people is not going to bring him back. How would you feel if it was someone you knew ? Exactly. Nick was a great person all around. The truth that he'll never come back hurts not your slick comment. Not only his friend in Tallahassee are grieving but his friends and family in Lakeland are still very emotional about his lost. Learn some respect.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to
      Well you shouldnt post disrespectful comments on an obituary, shows how mature you are....show some respect
  • by Shelia on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    You touched the hearts of so many other people by doing nothing at all but being yourself Nickalie "Spidey" Williams you will never be forgotten R.I.P. I love you
  • by student Location: tallahassee on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    In this tragedy there is no one to blame, The driver was doing his job and the student was minding his business for all we know. There is no way to tell what exactly happen and the investigation is still very much ongoing and my condolscences go out to the family and friends as well as the driver who will have to live with this for the rest of his life. We may never know what really happen or why and how this came about but one thing is for sure that a life is gone. Goes to show how careful we must be as people, but the blame is not for us to decide.
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