Authorities searching for driver, car that hit motorcycle deputy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Authorities are searching for the driver of a car that hit and injured a Palm Beach Sheriff's motorcycle deputy and fled the scene this morning.

The car is a 1992-1994 white Ford Crown Victoria that "should have right side damage", sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a statement.

Barbera said at about 9:50 am, the Sheriff's motorcycle deputy Richard Frankiewicz, 54, was pulling out of the parking lot at 1660 Southern Boulevard and merging into the eastbound center lane. The lights and sirens on Frankiewicz's motorcycle were activated, according to a traffic investigation report released this afternoon.

The driver of the Ford Crown Victoria merged into the center lane and hit the motorcycle on the right side, causing it to slide eastbound on southern and throwing Frankiewicz off.

Witnesses have told sheriff's investigators that they saw the car first slow down, then speed up and flee the scene.

Frankiewicz, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

According to the report, traffic investigators now believe that the driver is a white female. Earlier, they thought the driver was "a black or Hispanic female with black hair."

Anyone with that witnessed or has information about the crash is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS, or call local law enforcement.

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