A Florida Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a vehicle crash on Sunday morning, his department has confirmed.
MySunCoast.com reports that Manatee County deputy 22-year-old Antonio Hernandez died in the crash. His department says that Hernandez had just finished training when he was involved in an off-duty crash.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. This morning, Dep. Antonio Hernandez died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash, while off duty. He began his career at @PalmettoPD before joining MCSO in July. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts & prayers. pic.twitter.com/ocWV0P7dta— Manatee Sheriff (@ManateeSheriff) December 20, 2020
Apparently, the crash was caused by a 72-year-old man who was switching lanes as he approached the exit at State Road 64, and crashed into the side of Hernandez’s car. The collision sent Hernandez into a grassy median where he crashed into a steel pole.
Hernandez was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he later died.
In a statement, MCSO public information officer Randy Warren said “Antonio was a talented, hardworking deputy who showed professionalism and always had a smile. He will be missed..Please keep the Hernandez family, friends, and his law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers.”
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