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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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  • Hcso always blaming bicycle collisions on alcohol.. I’m sure at 11in the morning, a couple decided to drink before taking a bike ride…

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:12 pm
  • Dep works for the school. You people that think he could be at fault should know that he, of all people, watches for pedestrians due to the nature of his employment. Leave him alone peeps and don’t drink and drive 😉

    Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:24 am
  • Dep harris koool ass hell worked n kitchen on kitchen detail lol

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 12:34 am
  • Don and White Lives matter…… You are my idol! I am still laughing

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:22 pm
  • These comments are hysterical. The people saying they should riot or it was race involved…….were making a joke. It was funny! Calm down haters!

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:19 pm
  • Deputy Harris is as straight as an arrow,he’s a good cop. This is just another pair of unemployed drunken pillheads in SH trying to make a case for some quick cash.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 7:42 pm
  • Seriously people… You guys are so hateful and negative towards everything that gets posted on here it’s ridiculous. Most of you that don’t even like the HCSO is because you guys are the ones getting in trouble by them or someone you know… Maybe both of these people were in the wrong you shouldn’t just bash one or the other no one knows what happened except those involved. And race seriously? Why does that always have to get brought up now, this is America everyone deserves to be treated equally. Just because one thing happened in a different state doesn’t mean it needs to keep getting brought up. Black,whites all races have there positives and negatives, meaning we all have done something wrong as a race.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 6:52 pm
  • Lol….amen, JoeMama!

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 6:12 pm
  • How come every time a police officer hits/ or has some kind of run in with someone of the opposite race dumb people have to throw race into it??? Do we not all realize/remember that we are all foreigners to this country? Not everything has to do with race nor grants a riot!!! Do we really need a Ferguson situation to happen here in hernando county?? Next don’t you think if your going to typo check someone that you should make sure you know how to spell?? What is this world coming to? I’m sure if the cop ran into him he would have more then a boo boo. Let the police do their jobs that’s what we pay them to do, bikers have to follow the same rules and laws as motorcyclist, if your not walking then your not a pedestrian…. look up the word if your going to use it. Everyone be safe, by the looks of things no one here can afford to lose too many more brain cells.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:14 pm
  • The deputy was definitely not on drugs or drinking. Good grief people have vivid imaginations!

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:00 pm
  • yal need to breath check the officer yes in deed he the bike had tge right away

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:56 pm
  • Hay, Accidents happen, That’s why there called accidents, Folks just have to stay alert no matter what they are doing.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:38 pm
  • Hawkeye is correct…bicycle riders are not pedestrians, rather subject to same rules and regs as vehicles, thus the cyclist cold have been cited. Deputy Harris is an wonderful man, and has nearly 30 exemplary years on the force, and I thank him for his service. Furthermore, I’m grateful, no one was seriously injurred.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:33 pm
  • People on here need to relax. It was an accident. They happen. Minor injuries only. Hopefully both parties learned something from it.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:09 pm
  • I’m not sure who is at fault here, but I have noticed sheriff cars breaking all types of traffic laws in they’re normal driving. I wish the Sheriff would enforce proper driving from his employees.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 7:38 am
  • Honey….one OF those dam bicyclists rode into my car again….HCSO is never at fault…anybody wanna buy some pixie dust???…

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:43 am
  • Deputy Harris is one of the best Sheriff deputies in Hernando county.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:49 am
  • Hope the bicyclist gets a DUI and a ticket for ridding against traffic.

    Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:06 am
  • Who takes an ambulance to ER for a scraped knee?

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:58 pm
  • Other than the riders BAC being above the legal limit( Which has not been stated in this article) The Deputy is at fault here for failure to yield the right -a- way. Although the HCSO is looking for a loophole here, it looks like we(taxpayers) will be paying for the riders next 10,000 (12) Packs. I think I seen the ambulance on its way to the hospital with a following procession of at least 12 attorneys in tow.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:49 pm
  • Real nice Don. Setting a good example. We really need more like you.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:19 pm
  • This was a black cop running over a white man.This must be investigated as a possible hate crime

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:12 pm
  • This site is full of HCSO bashers. No matter what happens it is the deputy at fault. According to what I read the deputy made a full stop and began to pull out and the bicyclist ran into the car. I have seen a lot of people on bicycles who are not paying attention to the rules of the road.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:07 pm
  • Oh. Now I see. Black cop white pedestrian… I guess whites should riot…

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:27 pm
  • Of course it wasn’t the deputy at fault. How could it be…
    Wait… Don’t pedestrians have the right of way no matter what? I guess that’s only me or you and not the hypocrites.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:14 pm
    • Bicycle is NOT a pedestrian. In fact, most people do not realize a bicycle must follow the same rules of the road as a motor vehicle. Therefore, since biker was driving INTO traffic, he was in violation and should be ticketed. And if he was impaired, he could be charged with DUI… Check your laws.
      Go LEO!!

      Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:26 pm
    • Pedestrians, under normal circumstances, do have the right of way… on the other hand… Bicyclist need to follow the rules of the road…
      AND I mean,quit riding against traffic… idiots.. only go against traffic when walking!
      Nobody can read or remember what they learned in the 5th grade in this state.

      Just like turn signal usage is optional, and cigarette butt out the window is not littering!… IDIOTS!!!!

      Sorry, I went off the deep end for a moment…

      Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:35 pm
  • DONT BE MEAN TO HIM DEP IS MY BAE

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:59 pm
  • actially media release said cyclist was impAired and at fault

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:37 pm
  • Is that deputy Harris? oh no.. Dep is awesome.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 7:55 pm
  • Drug test Harris!

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 7:27 pm
    • You and I both know he smokes weed. He wouldn’t pass it.

      Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:13 pm
  • Either way, riding bikes erratically or not,
    this is the fault of the police officer!!

    LEO’s go through rigorous defensive drivers training..
    And let’s NOT forget, this LEO was NOT flashing lights OR sirens!!!
    This should have NEVER happened PERIOD!!!

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 6:46 pm
    • I stand corrected, now that I see an update!

      Bicyclist should be arrested for DUI!!
      And his girlfriend should be arrested for
      making a false report to LEO, not to even
      mention OBSTRUCTION for lying to LE!!!!

      Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:05 pm
      • i guess bc you got a dui everyone deserves one?

        Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 5:25 am
  • Yea I’m sure it was their fault..never a blown stop sign..please

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 4:26 pm
  • typo Ron, claim not clam

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 1:33 pm
  • Cop Car =1- Bicycle =0

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 1:18 pm
  • Typo…How can the woman clam to be the victim’s boyfriend is she is a woman..Think she could clam to be the victims girlfriend.

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 1:01 pm

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