Sheriff: Volusia motorcycle deputy 'in a lot of pain' but alive after head-on crash
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A Volusia County motorcycle deputy has been injured following a crash with another vehicle on Wednesday morning.
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The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Saxon Blvd. and Merrimac Lane in Deltona just after 7 a.m.
The deputy was transported to Central Florida Regional as a trauma alert, FHP said.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the deputy was on his way to his post when a 92-year-old driver made a left-hand turn in front of the deputy and the two hit head-on.
Chitwood says the deputy was ejected from his bike and landed on his head. Despite being in a lot of pain, Chitwood says he's alive and will be able to resume his career.
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Sheriff Chitwood spoke with FOX 35 News and said the deputy suffered broken ribs, a bruised lung and does not remember what happened. He says the deputy's helmet may have saved his life.
The deputy has been with the department since 2017 and just became a part of the Deltona traffic unit.
"He's an outstanding deputy," Chitwood said. "He's a hardworking kid."
Chitwood says an off-duty Deltona firefighter jumped in to render aid to the injured deputy.
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