MADIERA BEACH – A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy and two others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash about 2:13 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the area of 135th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach.
According to investigators with the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, the driver of a 2013 Toyota Rav 4 was stopped at 135th Avenue preparing to make a left hand turn to travel northbound on Gulf Boulevard. Deputy Alida Perez was traveling southbound in the curb lane on Gulf Boulevard in a marked cruiser and the driver of a 2010 Jeep Cherokee was also traveling southbound on Gulf Boulevard in the median lane.
The driver of the Toyota Rav 4 began to accelerate to make the left turn and struck the front of the deputy’s cruiser. The impact from the crash pushed the cruiser into the side of the Jeep Cherokee.
The driver and the passenger of the Toyota, identified as Donald Funk, 58, and Linda Funk, 67, of Dunnellon were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Perez, who was on duty at the time of the crash, transported herself to the hospital as a precaution and for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, identified as Jack Buns, 65, of Largo was not injured during the crash.
It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were related to the incident.