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Pinellas deputy suffers minor injuries in Clearwater rear-end crash

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County's sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries Monday when his cruiser was struck from behind as he slowed to assist a disabled vehicle.

Deputy Michael Dipolito was traveling west about 9:15 a.m. on Countryside Boulevard when he noticed an off-duty deputy stopped behind a disabled vehicle at the Enterprise Road intersection.

He slowed and activated his emergency lights to see if he could help, the Sheriff's Office said. That's when he was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Marvin Coon, 57, of Clearwater.

Dipolito, 45, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Coon was not injured and was cited for careless driving, the Sheriff's Office said. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.

Pinellas deputy suffers minor injuries in Clearwater rear-end crash 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:25pm]
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