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Elderly Man Blacked Out Before Fatal Crash With Florida Deputy

December 13, 2010  | 

Photo via Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office.

A 79-year-old motorist blacked out shortly before crashing his Cadillac Escalade into a Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff deputy's patrol car and killing the deputy who had exited his cruiser to write a traffic citation.

Sgt. Wesley Whitmore, a 15-year-veteran, pulled over a white vehicle with an expired tag on Sunday at about 10 a.m. in a 7-Eleven parking lot in Lakeland. He was struck by the Escalade driven by Leo John Saunders that had veered out of control, reports Tampa Bay Online.

A passenger from the vehicle Whitmore stopped used the deputy's police radio to inform dispatch the officer had been struck.

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