Man Injured After Patrol Car and Bicycle Collide
SPRING HILL – Just after 11:00 am this morning, fire rescue responded to an accident at the intersection of Coronado Drive and Gold Road, where a Sheriff’s Office Patrol car struck a bicycle, injuring the male rider.
Officials say they cannot comment at this time until the accident investigation is complete.
A woman claiming to be the victim’s girlfriend says the deputy ran a stop sign which caused the accident. Another witness says the couple were riding their bikes erratically in the middle of the road just before collision occurred.
The victim’s condition is unknown at this time; however, he was conscious and breathing prior to being transported to a local hospital.
We will update this story as it develops.
UPDATE: 7/1/20158:45 P.M. – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office released the following information on today’s deputy involved pedestrian accident.
On 07-01-15 at approximately 11:06 a.m., Deputy Tommy Harris was traveling eastbound on Gold Road at the intersection of Coronado Drive in Spring Hill in his marked patrol vehicle. After stopping at the stop sign, Harris proceeded to make a southbound turn onto Coronado Drive.
As Harris began to make the southbound turn onto Coronado Drive, a bicyclist traveling northbound in the southbound lane struck the front driver’s corner of Harris’ patrol vehicle, causing the bicyclist to fall off the bicycle.
Hernando County Fire/Rescue was immediately dispatched to the scene.
The male bicyclist received a minor abrasion to his left knee. He was transported by ambulance to Bayfront Health, Spring Hill, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Deputy Harris and one paramedic on scene both noted an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the breath of the bicyclist. One citizen on scene advised deputies that the bicyclist was operating the bicycle in a reckless manner just prior to the crash.
Deputy Nathan Brooks, who is handling the crash, also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the bicyclist’s breath while at the hospital.
Deputy Harris was not injured. His patrol vehicle sustained minor damage.
The crash remains under investigation.
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