Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Hernando deputy in fair condition after Saturday hit-and-run crash

RIDGE MANOR — A Hernando County sheriff's deputy who was injured by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday was still recovering Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy James Baker, 24, was listed in fair condition. The exact nature of his injuries was not released.

Baker was traveling west on Cortez Boulevard when he entered the intersection at U.S. 301 in Ridge Manor about 4:45 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said. A car heading north on 301 ran a red light and collided with the driver's-side door of Baker's patrol car. Two people inside the car that hit Baker fled the scene and were later located by deputies.

Baker was flown by helicopter to St. Joseph's.

Deputies identified the driver who fled the scene as Chelsey Elaine Carmody, 26, of Dade City. She was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, a felony, plus driving with a suspended or revoked license. Carmody told authorities she fled the scene because she was on probation and was afraid of being arrested.

Contact Danny Valentine at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes.

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