Driver hits, seriously injures FHP trooper

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper has been seriously injured after being struck while conducting a traffic stop.
 
Authorities say Trooper Mac Mickens, 60, was walking back to his patrol car early Sunday morning north of West Palm Beach when he was struck. According to a news release, 24-year-old driver Rubelsy Cano-Castillo veered off the roadway onto the emergency lane for an unknown reason. Authorities said the trooper's patrol car lights were activated and flashing.
 
Mickens was thrown several feet in the air and was taken to the hospital for serious injuries.  Authorities said Cano-Castillo also struck another vehicle. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
 
The accident is under investigation.
 

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