A teenager is in serious condition after being hit by a Tampa Police car on Busch Boulevard.
At 7:40 pm, a Tampa Police officer was driving west on Busch Boulevard at the green light when a 13-year-old girl on a bike tried to cross Busch Blvd going south, about 75 feet west of the crosswalk.
The police vehicle collided with the bicyclist, causing her to fall off her bike. The officer, who has been with the department for five years, stopped immediately, got out of her car, called for medical help from Tampa Fire Rescue, and checked on the injured teenager.
With the help of other responding Tampa Police officers, she gave first aid until Tampa Fire Rescue arrived to take the teen to a nearby hospital.
The teen is currently in serious condition, receiving treatment for a broken leg and a head injury.
The officer, though shaken, was not hurt in the accident, according to investigators.
Chief Lee Bercaw said that, “Our thoughts are with the teen cyclist who was injured in this unfortunate incident, and we hope for her full recovery. We take all accidents involving our officers seriously. Our officers are dedicated to protecting the safety of everyone who uses Tampa’s roads, whether they are on foot, in a car, or on a bike. This is a distressing reminder that we must continue our efforts, as a community, to ensure that all pedestrians and cyclists travel safely throughout our city.” This remains an active investigation.
The investigation into this is still ongoing.