Deputy Hits Hydrant While Responding to Crash

By: AP
By: AP

FORT WALTON BEACH, Florida A Florida Panhandle deputy crashed into a fire hydrant while responding to another crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a sport utility vehicle hit an 83-year-old man who was walking his dog Wednesday evening in Ocean City. Joseph P. Rodrigues was taken to a Fort Walton Beach hospital, where he later died. The SUV driver was not cited, because FHP says Rodrigues failed to yield to traffic. The dog ran off and has not been found.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports that a deputy was
responding to the pedestrian crash when he hit the fire hydrant.
The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution and later
released. The sheriff's office is investigating what caused that
crash.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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