Motorcyclist, Fleeing Hernando Deputy, Crashes
The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said. He had fled when a Hernando deputy tried to make a traffic stop.
HERNANDO COUNTY – A motorcyclist who was fleeing from an attempted traffic stop was seriously injured when he crashed into car Saturday (Aug. 25), the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
The motorcyclist was taken to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. The other driver was not injured in the crash.
Names of those involved were not immediately available. Hernando deputies cautioned that the available information is preliminary and subject to change. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and had not completed its work.
Hernando deputies said that, just before 5:30 p.m., Deputy Paul Barreto was driving westbound on Spring Hill Drive in the area of Noah Avenue, conducting proactive patrol. Barreto saw a motorcycle being operated in a reckless manner, with the driver weaving in and out of traffic.
Barreto tried to catch up with the motorcycle and was able to do so at Spring Hill Drive and the western Horizon Drive. Barreto pulled his marked patrol car alongside the motorcycle, activated his emergency lights, and ordered the motorcycle driver to pull over.
The motorcycle driver continued westbound; accelerating in the area of Arbuckle Avenue and Spring Hill Drive. Barreto said he realized the motorcycle driver was actively be evading law enforcement.
While still traveling westbound in the area of Valiant Avenue and Spring Hill Drive, deputies said, Barreto realized the motorcycle driver was not going to stop. Before being able to disengage, Barreto saw the motorcycle strike the rear of a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Waterfall Drive and Spring Hill Drive.
Barreto immediately notified the dispatcher to send Hernando County Fire Rescue and additional patrol deputies.
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