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Sheriff's deputy involved in Safety Harbor crash

SAFETY HARBOR — A sheriff's deputy responding to an emergency call was involved in a car crash early Monday morning in the intersection of Fourth Avenue N and Fourth Street, authorities said.

Deputy Nicholas Forgione was not injured, but the driver of the other vehicle, 18-year-old Jade Palanjay, was transported to a hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Three passengers in Palanjay's Ford Explorer were also uninjured in the crash. Deputies said they do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Forgione was in a marked patrol car traveling north on Fourth Avenue N around 12:37 a.m. when he hit the front driver's side of Palanjay's SUV. Forgione was responding to a call and had activated his emergency lights, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Palanjay had been heading west on Fourth Street, also known as M.L. King Street, when the cars collided.

The sheriff's Major Accident Investigation Team was investigating the crash Monday morning. No further information was immediately available.

Sheriff's deputy involved in Safety Harbor crash 06/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:54am]

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