Levy County deputy injured in head-on collision

A Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducting traffic enforcement was struck by a car head-on Saturday night.

The deputy was at the intersection of NE 99 Place and NE 105 Avenue in Bronson due to numerous citizen complaints of drivers running the stop sign, according to reports.

The deputy parked his patrol vehicle in an area near this intersection so that he would be able to see who failed to stop, LCSO Spokesperson Lt. Scott Tummond reported in a Monday blog post.

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At 11:17 p.m., a Nissan passenger car approached the intersection driving north on NE 105 Avenue and struck the deputy’s parked vehicle head-on.

According to Tummond, the force of the impact totaled both vehicles.

“Our deputy was transported to a nearby trauma center where he remains currently,” Tummond wrote. “He sustained non-life threatening injuries but underwent surgery. The driver of the Nissan sustained minor injuries.”

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating the crash. According to Tummond, criminal DUI charges are likely against the driver of the Nissan. 

Tummond did not identify the deputy by name, but said he has been with the LCSO for two years after previously working for the Cedar Key Police Department.

“We pray for his speedy recovery and return to duty,” Tummond wrote. 

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