Officials say a Florida woman who was reportedly shopping online while driving struck a county sheriff who was riding his bike Thursday and allegedly left the scene. She was later arrested for hit and run.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood was struck by a vehicle while he was riding a bicycle in the area of Town West Blvd. and Daylily Street at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. Chitwood was hospitalized with minor injuries.
“The young lady who hit me is in custody on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. She says she was shopping on Amazon on her phone when she hit me. Please let this be a warning to put your phones down while you’re driving before you kill someone,” Chitwood said.
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“To Allen Ramos, the Waste Pro truck driver who witnessed the crash, got it on video and pulled over to give me a hand: I will never forget what you did for me. There were several others who pulled over to help, too, and I appreciate each and every one of you,” Chitwood said.
WKMG reports Thursday’s crash comes nearly four years after Chitwood was injured in a bicycle crash in Ponce Inlet in which he suffered a broken hand and an ACL injury in that crash after he was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.