ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County sheriff's deputy was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Thursday morning near Windermere, officials said.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near South Apopka Vineland and Conroy Windermere roads, east of Windermere.
The Florida Highway Patrol said one Orange County deputy cleared a sign from the road after responding to a reported crash when a second deputy arrived and got out of his patrol car.
Troopers said the second deputy was struck by a 2007 Ford Focus.
The deputy suffered a broken arm, a broken leg and a head injury, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
Sheriff's officials said the deputy, a 29-year-old Orlando man whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital and will undergo surgery but is expected to recover.
"Please send healing thoughts to our deputy," the Sheriff's Office tweeted.
The driver, a 30-year-old Orlando woman, was uninjured and remained at the scene. She cooperated with authorities and submitted a voluntary blood draw, although troopers noticed no sign of impairment, officials said.
Charges are pending against the driver, the FHP said.
The intersection reopened just before 9 a.m. Thursday.
UPDATE on injured Deputy: According to @SheriffMina, Deputy was clearing debris from the roadway when he was struck by a motorist. He has a broken arm, broken leg and a head injury. He's awake and talking; will need surgery but expected to recover. Keep those prayers coming. pic.twitter.com/3s2mvL1LMt — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 29, 2019
OCSO Deputy struck by a vehicle near S. Apopka Vineland & Conroy Windermere Rd. at about 4:30 this morning. Deputy's injuries are serious, but he is expected to recover. Please send healing thoughts to our Deputy. pic.twitter.com/sCXZP4YOBU — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 29, 2019
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