Driver ticketed for crash that injured deputies during Pulse victim funeral procession

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Two Osceola County deputies were injured late Saturday morning after a driver crashed into one of them during a funeral procession for a victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to an FHP press release, the incident occurred at the intersection of Donegan and Central avenues at 11:30 a.m.

The deputies, who have not yet been identified, were taken to an undisclosed hospital. Their conditions remain unknown.

A 44-year-old woman was ticketed for failure to yield to a funeral procession, but she has not been criminally charged. She told authorities that she thought someone waived her out to cross the procession.

The front of her Honda sedan struck one of the deputies head-on. The second deputy's motorcycle then struck the back of the car.

The driver, according to the FHP, was wearing her seatbelt. She suffered only minor injuries.

What follows is the statement sent to Channel 9 early Saturday afternoon by Twis Lizasuain, ‎Director of Public and Media Relations at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office:

Earlier today, two Osceola County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the Motor Unit were struck by a motorist who, for whatever reason, refused to wait for a passing funeral escort. The funeral procession was for a victim of the Pulse Nightclub incident. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash.
Right now, our focus is on the health of our two motor deputies who are being treated at a local hospital. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The procession involved multiple law enforcement agencies.

The accident was not alcohol-related.