[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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