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14-010 Deputies Investigate Accident Involving St. Petersburg Police Officer In St. Pete Beach

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Officer Michael Weiskopf (Injured Driver)
St. Petersburg Police Department
SPPD Agency Motorcycle

Gene G. Ziccardy (Uninjured Driver)
DOB: 10/5/1957
Address: 8053 24th Avenue N. St. Petersburg
Vehicle: PSTA Bus

What:
Deputies are investigating an early morning accident involving a St. Petersburg Police Motorcycle Officer and a PSTA Bus where two people were injured.

When:
The crash occurred at about 7:06 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred in the area of 59th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach.

Why/How:
According to deputies, St. Petersburg Police Officer Michael Weiskopf was assisting with traffic in the area of 59th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach at about 7:06 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Officer Weiskopf was directing traffic to assist with Eastbound lane closures due to a race being held in St. Pete Beach this morning.

While directing traffic, Officer Weiskopf was on his agency issued motorcycle and was attempting to assist another motorist when he was struck by a PSTA bus. The bus was traveling at a low rate of speed at the time of the incident.

Officer Weiskopf was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A passenger on the bus who was standing during the crash was also injured and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The bus driver and the second passenger on the bus were not injured during the crash.

The investigation continues.

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