Friday, April 20, 2018
Public safety

Authorities investigating deputy-involved crash in Lealman

LEALMAN — Authorities are investigating a Saturday morning crash involving a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy.

Gary Wilson, 40, was responding to a burglary call just after midnight when he approached the intersection at 54th Avenue N and 49th Street.

Wilson, who was eastbound on 54th Avenue, stopped for the red light. The emergency equipment on his 2005 Chevy Impala was activated.

All traffic stopped and Wilson proceeded, according to the Sheriff's Office. Just as he got to the far side of the intersection, officials say, a truck that was northbound on 49th Street hit the cruiser's passenger side.

Driver Kent Gulley, 67, of St. Petersburg, said he hadn't noticed Wilson or that traffic had stopped. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, officials said.

Wilson, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2007, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. A family member took Gulley to the hospital to be examined.

Authorities, who are still investigating, did not cite anyone in the crash.

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