BRANDON — Six people were taken to a hospital after a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy tried to drive through an intersection with her emergency lights flashing Tuesday morning.
Cpl. Tracey Reeves, 39, was northbound on Falkenburg Road with the lights flashing on her Ford Crown Victoria about 10:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said. As the 12-year veteran crossed Broadway Avenue, a westbound Ford Focus crashed into the passenger side of the deputy's car.
At the time, Reeves was responding to a call about the possible location of a burglar in the area, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
"Once they've activated their emergency equipment, they have the right of way," Carter said.
The criteria for using emergency lights isn't limited to any particular type of call, she said.
Nicole McLemor, 21, of Tampa drove the red Ford Focus. Four others, including her 11-month-old son, were in the car.
The other passengers, all from Tampa, were Katrina Redd, 21, Dominique Redd, 23, and 1-year-old Malachi Redd.
Reeves, McLemor and the passengers were taken to Tampa General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Carter said.
The accident is at least the second in the last two months involving a sheriff's deputy responding to a call.
Anja-J'Kobi Jackson died after her mother's minivan veered off a two-lane divided road on Labor Day and smashed into a concrete retention wall.
Ahead of the minivan, one car had rear-ended another. And ahead of those cars, a sheriff's deputy had turned onto a dirt and gravel side road, then backed up into traffic to turn northbound with his lights flashing.
Chandra Broadwater can be reached at email@example.com or (813) 661-2454.