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Officer involved in St. Petersburg crash

ST. PETERSBURG - A St. Petersburg Police officer was involved in a vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at Fifth Avenue N and 34th Street N, officials said.

Officer Randall Bricker was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with minor injuries after the 5:15 p.m. crash., according to a news release.

Authorities said Bricker, who was southbound on 34th Street, was going through the intersection at Fifth Avenue just as the light turned yellow when his cruiser was hit by a 2003 SUV driven by Destiny Bedonia Valentine, 18, of St. Petersburg.

Valentine, who had been in the turn lane of northbound 34th Street, was attempting to make a left onto Fifth, police said.

The front of her vehicle hit the left side of the officer's car, which then slid into the front side of a 1991 Honda Civic stopped at the red light.

Valentine sustained minor injuries, police said, but refused medical treatment. The occupants of the Honda were not injured.

No charges have been filed in the case, police said, and alcohol or drugs were not a factor.

Officer involved in St. Petersburg crash 12/03/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2009 9:58pm]

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