Deputy in Hospital After Thursday Crash
A Levy County sheriff’s deputy from Dunnellon was seriously injured when his marked patrol car caught fire following a Thursday night crash. The Florida Highway Patrol said Cpl. Brian Christopher Marra, 36, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition following the 10:10 p.m. crash on Alt. U.S. 27 in Bronson.
Marra is being housed in intensive care. The other driver involved, Jeremy J. Mayes, 20, of Bronson, was at the wheel of a 1992 Ford four-door and was not injured, troopers said. FHP Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace said Marra was headed west to a call and came up behind Mayes in the inside lane.
The trooper said both Marra and Mayes tried to move to the outside Lane at the same time. As a result, the left front of the patrol car hit the right side of the Ford. After the collision, the patrol car began to spin and the front of it hit a concrete utility pole. As the patrol car began to burn, several passersby stopped to help get Marra out of the car and away from the flames. Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Evan Sullivan said Marra was on his way to a disturbance call. Sullivan also said that Marra remained in the intensive care unit at Shands on Friday with injuries that included a broken leg. Hisler-Pace said charges in the case are pending further investigation.
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May 28, 2011