Police rushing to reports of man hit by car on highway run over his body – twice
Police officers responding to a report of a 27-year-old pedestrian hit by an SUV on the unlit section of a six-lane Florida highway suffered a horrible mishap when two patrol cars ran over the man’s body.
The man was already dead when he was struck by the police cars on Hillsborough Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.
The shocking incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, October 11.
The highway patrol is investigating the incident, according to the Tampa Bay Reporter.
Details of the two deputies involved in the shocking incident were released late on Tuesday.
One of the officers is Jorge Gonzalez Fundora, a 25-year-old deputy who joined the force in January 2019 and the other Raymond Weibley,, a 24-year-old deputy who joined the following May.
The driver of the car that initially hit the pedestrian, a 41-year-old woman from Summerfield, Florida, had reported the incident and is cooperating with investigators, according to reports.
The name of the deceased has not been disclosed, in line with local laws.
The eastbound lanes of Hillsborough Avenue were closed for several hours as troopers investigated the scene.
A similar incident, where a man was crossing one of Florida's busy highways late at night, resulted in the death of Johnston Andrew Zuccala in July 2016.
On that occasion, Mr Zuccala was struck by a police patrol car, a 2015 Dodge Charger, as he crossed Interstate 95 at around 5am on July 30.
A vehicle that Mr Zuccala had apparently been driving was found abandoned on the west shoulder of the roadway, according to Florida Highway patrol.
The driver of the police vehicle, Jupiter police officer Andrew Borrows, 32, had been on his way home after finishing his shift, according to a statement from the Jupiter Police Department.
The statement continued: "The Jupiter Police Department sends our condolences to the friends and family of the pedestrian involved.
"Our thoughts and prayers are also with Officer Borrows and his family during this very difficult time.”
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