Hillsborough deputy, pickup driver crash in Tampa, troopers say

The pickup driver turned into the path of a marked Hillsborough sheriff’s patrol cruiser, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Feb. 26, 2021|Updated Feb. 26, 2021

TAMPA — A collision Friday sent a Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy and another man to the hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 7:25 a.m. at E Adamo Drive and Currie Davis Drive. The 33-year-old deputy was driving a marked sheriff’s patrol cruiser west on E Adamo Drive while responding to a call, troopers said. A 74-year-old Spring Hill man was driving a pickup truck was headed west on E Adamo Drive.

Then the pickup driver turned left at the intersection of Currie Davis Drive, troopers said, and entered the path of the sheriff’s vehicle. The front of the sheriff’s cruiser struck the left passenger side of the pickup. Both vehicles entered the northwest shoulder of E Adamo Drive, the pickup hitting a power pole and the sheriff’s cruiser striking a light pole.

The 74-year-old Spring Hill driver suffered serious injuries. The 33-year-old deputy suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to local hospitals. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office declined to release the deputy’s name or medical condition. The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the crash under its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment designed to protect victims of crimes. The agency now omits the names of anyone involved in a crash, regardless of whether a crime was committed.