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Police Officer Involved in Severe Collision in Sumter County, Florida (FL)

March 27, 2020

SUMTER COUNTY, FL- According to, a Sumter County Sherriff was found at fault in a collision that sent a woman to the hospital. The incident took place on State Road 44 in the late afternoon. The police officer, a 49-year-old man, was operating a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Patrol car when he saw a woman on the side of the road. The woman had experienced trouble with her vehicle and pulled to the side of the roadway near County Road 231.*

The officer moved to the inside traffic lane and entered the path of a 2002 Ford Escape. The driver tried to avoid striking the back of the officer's car, and a trailer behind the Ford swerved into the female pedestrian. The victim was identified as a 56-year-old from Lake Panasoffkee. Her vehicle had reportedly broken down, and she was attempting to walk to find assistance as she did not have a cellphone. Responders transported the woman to the Ocala Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for severe injuries. The officer received a citation for making an improper lane change. 

When it comes to pedestrian crashes, no state outranks Florida. While fatal pedestrian collisions are increasing nationally, the Sunshine State is the worst of the worst. Theories regarding the rising pedestrian death toll include the larger vehicles that are on America's roads and distractions caused by smartphones. 

Roadway design also plays a part with higher speed limits, wider roads, and longer blocks leading to more pedestrian crashes and more severe pedestrian collisions. Florida has wide, big, and flat roadways, which is likely linked to the high number of fatal pedestrian crashes in the state. 

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