A 61-year-old man was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident that involved a Hernando sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy only suffered minor injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 61-year-old man from Weeki Wachee was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata southbound on Fort Dade Avenue just after 5 a.m.
Troopers claim the man failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled up onto State Road 50, also known as Cortez Boulevard. At that same time, a 45-year-old deputy was traveling westbound on SR 50. As the Hyundai moved onto the roadway, the cruiser struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai.
Troopers said the Hyundai ended up about 50 yards from the cruiser.
The man later died at an area hospital.
The roadway was closed for several hours because of the collision, which remains under investigation.
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