BRADENTON, FLORIDA: According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a deadly crash on I-75 on Sunday morning around 4:50 a.m. left a Florida deputy dead.
22-year-old Antonio Hernandez was traveling northbound on I-75. As per the troopers, a 72-year-old man from Bradenton was also traveling northbound, and when he tried to change lanes, his van and Hernandez’s car collided. Hernandez’s car crashed into a steel pole located on the median.
The reports say Hernandez was not wearing a seat belt. He was immediately taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office expressed its condolence through a post.
“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of one of our own today.
This morning Deputy Antonio Hernandez died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash, while off duty.
Antonio began his law enforcement career with Palmetto Police Department before joining MCSO in July of this year, having recently completed his deputy training.
Please keep the Hernandez family, friends, and his law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The crash is under investigation.