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Hernando deputy injured in hit-and-run crash

Hernando Today staff

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RIDGE MANOR — A Hernando County deputy received unspecified injuries early Saturday when a vehicle struck the side of his unmarked patrol car then sped away.

Deputy James Baker was treated at the scene of the 4:43 a.m. crash — Cortez Boulevard and U.S. 301 — then flown by helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where he was admitted. Authorities had not revealed the extent of his injuries.

Two people who were in the car that struck Baker’s cruiser later were apprehended and taken to the crash scene, Hernando County sheriff’s officials reported. Authorities had not identified them.

Baker was traveling west on Cortez and the other vehicle was headed north on 301 when they collided. Baker’s car was struck on the driver’s side door.

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.

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