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Tampa Bay-area deputy injured in hit-and-run crash

January 1, 2014
Associated Press

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay-area sheriff's deputy is hospitalized after being seriously injured in a head-on crash.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says the deputy's cruiser was hit head on by a pickup truck early Wednesday, and the other driver fled the scene on foot.

Deputy Darren Hill was airlifted to a Tampa hospital. The sheriff's office says Hill was being treated for two broken legs and internal injuries.

Authorities say Hill was able to trigger an emergency alert signal in his vehicle after the crash.

Nocco says it's not known whether the other driver was intoxicated.

Sheriff's office spokesman Doug Tobin says Florida Highway Patrol had a suspect in the crash in custody, while deputies had three others in custody on obstruction charges.

 
 

 

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