Tindell Family Hopes Bus Stop Signs Will Prevent Another Tragedy

By: Kristy Wolski Email
By: Kristy Wolski Email

A roadside memorial already marks the spot where 13-year-old Melissa Tindell lost her life in mid-October while waiting for the school bus. Now there's another memorial in her honor.

Bay County crews put up the first of a series of school bus stop warning signs Monday afternoon, warning drivers to slow down and avoid so a similar tragedy.

"The family is doing good. We're staying strong. We know where she's at. Our faith is getting us through all of this. We also know at the same time that we're making a difference in somebody else's life. Somebody else's children and another parent won't have to go through this," said Mike Tindell, Melissa's uncle.

The county is funding 120 of these signs for a cost of $7300.00. Workers will be placing the signs near bus stops on all unincorporated county roads with speed limits of 45 or higher. Then it's up to drivers to slow down.

"When you see one of these signs, that means there are school bus stops for the next quarter/half mile. Be aware of it. Slow down. You're not in that big of a rush. These kids are probably our greatest natural resource so we want to protect them however we can," said Jerry Girvin, Bay County Commission Chairman.

Commissioners say they will work with the Florida Department of Transportation and the local cities to expand this project all over the county.

In the meantime, the Tindell family will continue educating drivers and more importantly, healing.

"We're actually just taking it one day at a time. That's all we can do," said Brittni Tindell, Melissa's cousin.

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