A Florida girl struck a sheriff using his bike, leaving him with a damaged bone in his leg — as a result of she was shopping on Amazon whereas driving, authorities mentioned.
Paige Bergman, 20, was arrested at her Deltona house early Friday following the hit-and-run collision in a Hyundai Sonata that injured Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood as he took a motorcycle experience Thursday afternoon in Port Orange, police mentioned.
Bergman, who has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving severe bodily harm, was driving a maroon sedan whereas distracted when she drove into the sheriff, Chitwood mentioned.
“She says she was shopping on Amazon on her phone when she hit me,” Chitwood mentioned on Fb. “Please let this be a warning to place your telephones down when you’re driving earlier than you kill somebody.”
Chitwood mentioned he believes Bergman had “no intention” of working him down, however that another person might’ve been extra severely injured if they’d been struck.
“Simply think about if that had been a toddler or an aged individual on that bike, or if the automotive drifted a pair extra inches to the suitable,” Chitwood mentioned.
A 3-minute video posted by the sheriff reveals a person driving a trash truck pulling as much as Chitwood after the accident. The footage then cuts to a deputy arriving on the girl’s house, the place she was taken into custody. Bergman could be heard saying that she earlier “hit a mailbox,” video reveals.
“She didn’t hit a mailbox; do you wish to know what she hit?” the deputy asks a person believed to be Bergman’s grandfather. “Uh, Mike Chitwood, the sheriff.”
“Was he on a motorcycle?” the person asks.
“Sure, he was — and she or he didn’t cease,” the officer replied. “In order that’s the rationale why we’re right here.”
Chitwood tweeted video of himself being handled at a hospital Thursday, saying he had simply gotten on his bike for a 20-mile experience after getting house from work.
“And the subsequent factor I do know, boy, I received hit and received hit onerous from the rear,” the sheriff recalled. “I’m going flying off the bike and all I can let you know was it was burgundy-colored automotive as a result of the mirror was impaled in my again.”
Chitwood, 57, had a nasty abrasion on his again following the hit-and-run, a second video he posted reveals. He additionally wanted just a few stitches and had a fractured fibula that medical doctors suppose will heal on its personal, he mentioned.
“I contemplate myself fortunate to be again on my ft at the moment,” Chitwood mentioned.
The recovering sheriff, in the meantime, is predicted again at work Friday, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman advised The Submit.