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Tampa Police Investigate Officer Involved Non-Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash


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Tampa Police are investigating a crash at the intersection of E. Busch Blvd. and N. Nebraska Ave. that involved a Tampa Police vehicle and injured a 16-year-old pedestrian.

On April 19, 2024, at approximately 9:17 p.m., officers were responding to the call of a reported armed and dangerous subject at the Family Dollar located in 1700 block of E. Busch Blvd.

While responding to the scene, Officer David Ziegler, a ten-year veteran of the department, was traveling eastbound on Busch Blvd. crossing N. Nebraska Ave with a green light, as confirmed by a witness. The pedestrian, a 16-year-old black male, was attempting to cross southbound when the police vehicle and pedestrian collided. An additional witness informed investigators that the pedestrian was attempting to cross against the traffic signal at the time.

Officer Ziegler immediately stopped and began to render aid to the pedestrian.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken knee and broken nose.

"Pedestrian safety is one of our department's highest priorities," said Chief Lee Bercaw. "One of our goals is to ensure that roadways are used safely by all those who walk, bike, or drive on them. We will increase our educational outreach regarding roadway safety in our ongoing efforts to reduce traffic related incidents in the City of Tampa."

Additional updates can be provided as they become available.