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Student, 18, riding scooter hit by deputy who failed to stop at stop sign, sheriff's office says

Teen suffers minor injuries, sheriff's office spokeswoman says
A scooter underneath a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office SUV at South Shore Boulevard and Polo Gardens Drive in Wellington on March 6, 2023.jpg
Posted at 9:45 AM, Mar 06, 2023

WELLINGTON, Fla. — An 18-year-old student was taken to a hospital Monday morning after she was hit by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office vehicle in Wellington.

The wreck happened at the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and Polo Gardens Drive, outside the Solara community, which is about 2 miles away from Wellington Community High School and New Horizons Elementary School.

The deputy was driving a 2019 Ford Explorer southbound on Polo Gardens Drive when the crash happened at 7:11 a.m., according to a sheriff's office report.

Just before the wreck, PBSO said the student was riding an electric scooter and crossing Polo Gardens Drive at a driveway.

WATCH: Chopper 5 video of crash scene

Video shows scooter under Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office vehicle

The deputy failed to stop for a stop sign and entered the road, violating the student's right of way, according to the sheriff's office.

The PBSO vehicle hit the 18-year-old woman, sending her to the ground.

Aerial video from WPTV Chopper 5 showed a black scooter underneath a sheriff's office SUV, along with multiple PBSO cruisers and the sheriff's office Vehicle Homicide Unit van at the scene.

Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, said the student was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with minor injuries.