David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 13-432
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- October 25, 2013
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Motorcyclist strikes two deputies on SB I-75
Two Hillsborough County deputies were seriously injured this morning when they were struck by a motorcyclist during a traffic stop
- October 25, 2013
- Time: 2:52 PM
Based upon the preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation;
At approximately 8 am this morning, Master Deputy Chris Davis and Captain Steve Launikitis were conducting a traffic stop on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Bryan Martinez of 2801 Little Road, Valrico. They were on the west shoulder of southbound I-75, just north of the Sun City exit ramp (State Road 674).
A second motorcycle, a 1993 Honda Goldwing, driven by Bryan Edmonston (1/10/1986) of 160 Albany Drive, Kissimmee Florida, was southbound on I-75 and drove into the right emergency lane. Edmonston then struck the 2005 Suzuki along with Deputy Davis and Captain Launikitis who were interviewing Martinez at the rear of Captain Launikitis' vehicle.
Deputy Davis and Captain Launikitis were transported via Medivac helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. Deputy Davis was diagnosed with a broken leg and dislocated shoulder; Captain Launikitis has a broken leg and possible hip fracture. Both deputies will hospitalized for at least several days.
Bryan Edmonston was also transported to TGH with a non life-threatening head injury. He was not wearing a helmet.
Just seconds before the crash, Deputy Davis and Captain Launikitis managed to alert Bryan Martinez to move because they saw they were going to be struck by the motorcycle. Their actions prevented Martinez from being hit but unfortunately they were unable to avoid being hit themselves. He was not injured in this event, thanks to both deputies.
Edmonston has not been charged pending toxicology reports and completion of the crash investigation. There is no indication he was impaired.
PLEASE - This is a good time to send out a reminder of Florida Slow Down and Move Over Law;
As you approach emergency vehicles you are required by law to move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle and slow down. The law was created because there are a lot of accidents and injuries on the side of Florida highways and roads.
The Move Over Law is designed to protect Florida police, fire, and other emergency workers when they are on roads and highways. As you approach emergency vehicles you must move out of the lane closest to them if the road has two or more lanes traveling in your direction.
Not only must you move over but you must also slow down. The law states that you must slow down 20 MPH less than the posted speed limit. So if you are on the Florida Turnpike and the speed limit is 70 MPH you must slow down to 50 MPH as you approach and pass emergency vehicles.