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Pasco deputy, en route to call, collides with motorcycle

Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries late Friday after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Pasco County sheriff's K-9 vehicle in Hudson, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 10:35 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Hudson Avenue.

Christopher Richards, 49, and Tina Fricke, 43, were riding north on U.S. 19 on a 1982 Yamaha motorcycle, troopers said. At the same time, Pasco County sheriff's deputy John Rux was headed west on Hudson Avenue in his marked sport utility vehicle.

Rux had the SUV's emergency lights and siren on as he approached the U.S. 19 intersection en route to a call, authorities said. He stopped at a red traffic light, then tried to turn left onto the highway.

As he made his turn, the motorcycle collided with the SUV, officials said. Richards, of New Port Richey, and Fricke, of Port Richey, were both taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

Rux and his K-9 dog were not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Pasco deputy, en route to call, collides with motorcycle 05/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:11pm]
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