Manatee County deputy killed in off-duty car crash


MANATEE COUNTY, FL – A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed Sunday afternoon in an off-duty car crash.   Deputy Antonio Hernandez, 22, was involved in a crash at approximately 4:50 am driving northbound on I-70 when a 72-year-old man changed lanes into his vehicle.  Forced off the road, Hernandez’ car crossed the media and crashed into a pole.   He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital but succumbed to his injuries. He joined the department in July.


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