ST. PETERSBURG — A 75-year-old St. Petersburg man was treated and released at a local hospital after his car was rear-ended by a Pinellas County deputy about 9 p.m. May 9 in St. Petersburg.
According to deputies assigned to the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, Deputy Melanie Leib, 27, was driving a fully marked 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, traveling eastbound on 18th Avenue South. She was responding to a call about a male subject who had fled from deputies on foot. The vehicle’s emergency lights and siren were activated.
Mack Anderson was driving a 2005 Hyundai Electra, traveling eastbound on 18th Avenue South. Deputies say Anderson had stopped in the right lane at 1856 18th Avenue South, yielding to the emergency lights.
Leib was following another deputy’s unmarked vehicle, which came to a stop to make a northbound turn from 18th Avenue onto 19th Street South. Deputies say Leib was unable to stop in time and tried to avoid a crash by swerving to the right, causing her vehicle to strike the rear of Anderson’s Elantra.
Anderson was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and released shortly after. Deputy Leib was not injured.