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Elderly Driver 'Blacked Out' Before Crashing Into Deputy

Elderly Driver 'Blacked Out' Before Crashing Into Deputy

Sgt. Wesley Whitmore's car was hit and thrown into him after a driver, 79, blacked out, Sheriff Grady Judd says. [POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE]

Associated Press

December 14, 2010

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — An elderly driver says he blacked out shortly before his vehicle struck and killed a sheriff’s sergeant on Sunday.

Authorities say the sports utility vehicle driven by 79-year-old Leo John Saunders plowed through a 7-11 parking lot where Polk County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wesley Whitmore was making a traffic stop. The SUV hit the patrol car, which then spun around and hit 60-year-old Whitmore.

A passenger in the car Whitmore had just pulled over rushed to the deputy’s side and called for help.

Officials say Saunders is cooperating with investigators. No charges have been filed.

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