Pinellas Deputies Crash While Helping with Kaine’s Motorcade
No one was injured in the crash, which also involved a bus carrying members of the media.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Two deputies were involved in a traffic crash Saturday (Nov. 5) while helping the Secret Service with vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine’s motorcade, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. Kaine’s motorcade was entering I-375 from 8th Street N, driving in the curb lane, when an unrelated vehicle was stopped in the middle lane by a deputy to allow the motorcade to enter the interstate.
Deputies said it happened this way:
As the deputy kept the vehicles stopped, another deputy in the median lane stopped next to him, causing Deputy Alexander Ellis to stop. Deputy Wayne Wagner, who was behind Ellis, did not see Ellis’ cruiser stopping. Wagner swerved towards the middle lane to avoid hitting Ellis’ cruiser.
The front driver side bumper of Wagner’s cruiser made contact with the rear passenger side bumper of Ellis’ cruiser, deputies said. Wagner’s cruiser continued into the curb lane where it struck a bus carrying members of the press, which was part of the motorcade. The bus continued on with the motorcade after the crash.
There were no injuries involved with the crash. The bus and Ellis’ cruiser, a 2013 Dodge Charger, sustained minor damage. Wagner’s cruiser, also a 2013 Dodge Charger, was towed back to the
Neither speed nor alcohol/drug impairment appear to be factors in the crash.
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