Man Dies After Collision With Deputy's Patrol Car

A 23-year-old bicyclist struck Sunday night by a Leon County deputy's patrol car has died.

Timothy Lee Conn died at 11:30 Monday morning at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, 12 hours after the Leon County Sheriff's Office says he, for reasons unknown at this time, turned his bike into the path of the oncoming patrol car.

The crash happened near Graham Road and State Road 20. Preliminary reports say the crash happened as DEP Charles McClure was responding to a heart attack call. He was the closest unit equipped with a heart defibrillator.

SGT Chris Chase of the Leon County Sheriff's Office said, "From the preliminary results and looking into this, DEP McClure was responding to a medical scene. The bicyclist did in fact cross into his lane, into the path of the patrol car."

The Sheriff's Office says DEP McClure had his emergency lights turned on when Conn was struck. Conn suffered severe head trauma during the collision. He was not wearing a helmet.

At this point, fault has not been placed on either of the men until all the facts and circumstances are revealed. However, investigators on the scene say Conn's bike was not equipped with lights or reflectors, which are required by law to ride a bike at night.

DEP McClure has not been placed on leave and there is no internal investigation. However, the traffic homicide unit is continuing to look into the factors leading up to the crash.


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