SUN CITY CENTER (970 WFLA) -- Deputy Involved Accident
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 8:02 a.m., Captain Steve Launikitis conducted a traffic stop on a motorcyclist southbound on I75 just north of the Sun City exit. Master Deputy Chris Davis arrived on scene to assist on the traffic stop. Both deputies were standing on the grass shoulder speaking with the stopped motorcyclist.
A second motorcyclist traveling southbound on I-75 failed to realize that traffic was slowing due to the traffic stop. The second motorcyclist struck the deputies and the motorcycle of the traffic stop. The motorcyclist of the traffic stop was not injured.
Both deputies were air-lifted to Tampa General Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Both deputies were alert and talking while being transported. The second motorcyclist was also transported to Tampa General Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.