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September 4, 2019

An auto accident involving an Orange County sheriff’s deputy that took place close to Windermere is under investigation by Orange County officials. Preliminary reports from these same entities suggest that the incident happened very early on the morning of Thursday, August 29th, and involved several vehicles.

The deputy in question was in the area of South Apopka Vineland Road and Conroy Windermere Road responding to the reports of another accident that had taken place sometime earlier in the morning. A second deputy was also at the scene and had just removed a warning sign from the road when the first deputy reached the area and exited from their vehicle.

It is not clear if the first deputy had parked within the roadway or along the shoulder, and it is also not clear if they were parked in such a manner that required them to cross the street before reaching the crash site. What is clear is that after the deputy in question left their patrol vehicle, a 2007 Ford Focus passed through the area and struck the pedestrian.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 30-year-old Orlando resident, was not injured in the crash. They remained at the scene of the incident and fully cooperated with the officers and other officials at the crash location. Even though there was no physical indication that the 30-year-old was operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, they agreed to undergo a blood test in order for the authorities to be certain.

The Orange County deputy was badly injured in the accident, although it is believed that they are recovering well at the time of this writing. As a result of the collision, they experienced a broken leg and arm as well as an injury to their head that has not been described in any way beyond that.

Charges are currently pending against the driver of the Ford Focus, although it is not clear what exactly these charges are for. It is also not clear if the sign that was removed by the second deputy made it so that drivers passing through the area were not fully aware of the presence of pedestrians.

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