Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-284

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 24, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Deputy Involved Traffic Crash

    Deputy suffers minor injuries in accident.
    • Wednesday
    • August 24, 2011
    • Time: 7:15 AM
    • Bearss Avenue and Florida Avenue North
    • Tampa, FL


    • Harley Davidson

    Deputy Involved:

    Deputy Richard Depianta
    10 year veteran
    District One
    Motorcycle Unit


    • Toyota Tundra


    Brian Nolen
    DOB 3-5-59
    101 Shadow Lane
    Lakeland, FL


    Deputy Depianta was on his way to a school crossing at Schwarzkopf Elementary School. He was traveling north on Florida avenue, he had a green light and was attempting to make a left on Bearss Avenue at the intersection, when he observed a homeless individual standing in the middle of the intersection. Deputy Depianta activated his blue lights, stopped and called to the homeless individual to get out of the intersection. The individual refused and the Deputy Depianta told him several times to get out of the intersection. At that time, the light changed to green for traffic on Bearss Avenue. A Toyota Tundra traveling east on Bearss Avenue was distracted by the homeless individual and struck Deputy Depianta’s motorcycle. Deputy Depianta suffered some road rash was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital to be medically cleared. The driver of the Tundra was not injured. When the traffic crash occurred, the homeless individual fled the scene on foot.
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