Deputy Involved US 19 Crash Hospitalizes 3

Pinellas county deputies are investigating a multi-vehicle crash involving a deputy that occurred in the Palm Harbor area at approximately 6:52 p.m. Tuesday evening.

According to investigators, Deputy West was traveling northbound in the median lane of U.S. 19 when he struck a 2011 Nissan Maxima from behind. The Nissan was stopped in traffic on U.S. 19. The impact caused the Nissan to move to the right, causing the deputy to strike the rear of a 2014 Chevy van.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as 63-year-old Karen Bail was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputy West and the driver of the Chevy, identified as 23-year-old Sean O’Connor transported themselves to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 19 were shut down temporarily during the investigation. All Northbound lanes have since been reopened.

The investigation continues.