TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A distracted motorist struck a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy who was trying to get a homeless man to move out of an intersection.
The incident happened Wednesday morning as 38-year-old Deputy Richard Depianta was on his way to a school crossing at Schwarzkopf Elementary School in Tampa.
According to reports, the deputy stopped and activated his blue lights when he saw the homeless man in the intersection and called out for him to move. The homeless man didn't respond and the light turned green.
The Sheriff's Office reported that 52-year-old Brian Nolen became distracted by the homeless man and hit the motorcycle. The deputy suffered road rash and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The homeless man fled on foot.
(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)