Deputy vehicle involved in fatal Hernando County crash

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BROOKSVILLE, FL (WFLA) — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says one of their deputy’s patrol vehicles was involved in a fatal two-car crash on Cortez Blvd. Thursday morning.

Photo of the deputy-involved crash in Brooksville from Eagle 8 HD
Photo of the deputy-involved crash in Brooksville from Eagle 8 HD

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 5:17 a.m. on Cortez Blvd at Fort Dade Avenue in Brooksville when the driver of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata ran a stop sign at the intersection, causing the deputy’s SUV to collide with the car.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as 61-year-old James Arkell of Weeki Wachee, was killed in the collision.

A spokesperson for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy involved, 45-year-old Deputy Charles Woodbury, was taken to Bayfront Health with minor injuries and is expected to be okay.

It’s unclear if the deputy was heading to a call at the time of the crash.

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