• Man hit by Orange Co. deputy still in hospital


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A bicyclist who was hit by an Orange County deputy remained in critical condition Saturday.

    Friday night’s accident shut down part of a busy road in Orange County for several hours

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the pedestrian was struck on north State Road 436 and Oleander Drive in Orlando.

    Deputies said the marked patrol car was heading north on State Road 436 in the right lane when the pedestrian, who was on a bike, tried to cross the road from the west side.

    The front of the deputy’s cruiser struck the pedestrian.

    The pedestrian was taken to the Florida Hospital East in critical condition and was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    Troopers said the deputy had a green light and doesn’t appear to be at fault, but said the investigation is slow because they still have not been able to identify the man because he didn’t have any form of identification on him.

    They said the man had no lights or reflectors on his bike when he turned in front of the cruiser.

    Resident Mayra Reyes said she heard the impact of the crash late Friday night.

    “I told my son, ‘Oh my God, something happened,’” Reyes said.

    Reyes said she saw the man unsteady on his feet and pushing the bike minutes before the crash.

    A sheriff’s office spokesperson said she doesn’t know if the deputy is on leave.

    FHP is still investigating the crash.

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