A 21-year veteran Traffic deputy was injured while conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of I-4 near the CR 557 exit. Preliminary information is as follows:
Around 10:40 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012, a three-vehicle crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-4, one mile east of the CR 557 exit in Polk County.
A gold 2003 Chevy Malibu traveling eastbound on I-4 struck a 2009 semi tractor-trailer and a green 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck that were both also traveling eastbound on I-4.
As a result of this crash, the driver of the Malibu, identified as Mary Fow of Orlando, lost control and her car hit 45-year-old Master Deputy Sheriff Nick Taylor, who is assigned to the Traffic Unit and has been with the agency for 21 years, and his agency-issued Harley-Davidson motorcycle were then struck by the out-of-control Malibu.
Deputy Taylor had just conducted a traffic stop on a white 2012 Chevy HHR, and both his motorcycle and the HHR were parked off the roadway onto the south shoulder of I-4. Deputy Taylor was standing next to the parked HHR. After being hit by the Malibu, Deputy Taylor was thrown in the air and landed on the grass, and his motorcycle slid into the parked HHR.
Deputy Taylor was taken to LRMC where he was admitted and treated for a few broken bones and lacerations. He is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
Mary Fow was also taken to LRMC where she too was treated for her non-life-threatening injuries. No other drivers were injured or transported to any hospitals.
The crash is still under investigation.