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Firefighter in critical condition after Carrollwood wrong-way motorcycle crash

CARROLLWOOD — A 47-year-old Hillsborough County firefighter was hospitalized early Wednesday after she crashed her motorcycle into a pickup truck on S Village Drive.

Patti Valero of Brandon was driving a Harley-Davidson the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of S Village about 1 a.m., according to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report. Valero collided with an eastbound red Chevy pickup driven by Peter Spiropoulos, 21, of Tarpon Springs.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said no one has been cited, and the crash is still under investigation.

Deputies said Valero was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. The pickup driver was not injured.

Ray Yeakley, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, said Valero has worked with the department for 16 years as a firefighter-paramedic.

He said Valero's main duty is driving fire trucks and ambulances.

Valero was involved in an on-duty accident a few years ago, Yeakley said, but she was not at fault. Yeakley said Valero was driving an ambulance when someone cut her off, and she swerved into a tree to avoid hitting the car.

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Firefighter in critical condition after Carrollwood wrong-way motorcycle crash 10/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:55pm]
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