Motorcyclist and passenger injured in crash involving Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy in Indian Rocks Beach


Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a deputy involved crash involving a motorcycle in Indian Rocks Beach.

The crash occurred on Gulf Boulevard at 4th Avenue in Indian Rocks Beach at about 10:37 p.m. on May 15, 2020 

According to investigators, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Austin Rill was on duty and driving a fully marked 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. Deputy Rill was traveling southbound on Gulf Boulevard when he made a left turn to travel eastbound onto 4th Avenue.

Investigators say Deputy Rill was attempting to stop two vehicles that turned eastbound onto 4th Avenue ahead of him. 51-year-old Charles Roberts was traveling northbound on a 2007 Harley Davidson with his passenger, 51-year-old Vanessa Bennett, and struck the side of the Tahoe.

Roberts and Bennett sustained non-life-threatening injuries and Roberts was treated on scene. Bennett was transported to the hospital and later released.

Deputy Rill was not injured.

Impairment and speed are not factors in this case according to investigators.

The investigation continues.


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