Deputy Receives Minor Injuries In Traffic Crash; Other Driver Cited

June 30, 2018

An Escambia County deputy received minor injuries in a traffic crash on Olive Road Saturday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Deputy Bambi Sellars was eastbound on Olive Road at Crystal Wells Place with lights and sirens activated on a marked Escambia County Sheriff’s Office vehicle about 6:20 a.m. Sellars attempted to pass a car driven 28-year old Dorianne Dewitte of Pensacola. Dewitte failed to yield and turned left in front of the deputy, the FHP report stated.

The deputy’s vehicle left the roadway, hitting a utility pole, wood fence and brick pillar.

Sellars was transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries. Dewitte was not injured.

Dewitte was cited by the FHP for failing to yield while making a left turn.

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6 Responses to “Deputy Receives Minor Injuries In Traffic Crash; Other Driver Cited”

  1. Avis on July 1st, 2018 3:56 am

    The Deputy was passing from behind, not head-on. There are many variables to consider but when LEO is in pursuit they can be on top of you very quickly. Not many of us are at full alert level in the pre-dawn driving hours when the streets are relatively quiet. I’m guessing Ms Dewitte was as surprised as the Deputy.

  2. Ed on June 30th, 2018 9:01 pm

    I was in a fender bender last Saturday on Creighton rd. A person tried to make a u-turn across 4 lanes. When I got a rental car, the manager said they rent a minimum 15 cars a day do to accidents.
    There must be a bunch of horrible drivers in Escambia county for one rental car agency to rent that amount of cars.

  3. anne 1of2 on June 30th, 2018 6:12 pm

    She must have had the radio blaring and got confused when she saw the lights
    Many people panic at the sight of emergency lights. We just all freeze in place and let the ambulances go around on Davis Hwy where there is no where to move to.

  4. Trocarman on June 30th, 2018 1:03 pm

    Hope Deputy Sellars will be OK. Our law enforcement officers do an awesome job in a very dangerous world.

  5. Nick on June 30th, 2018 11:46 am

    MOVE TO THE RIGHT! Not left, don’t stop in the middle of the road, move to the right!

  6. fred on June 30th, 2018 11:27 am

    Failing to yield while making a left turn???!!!! That’s it? There has to be more than that. How about careless driving for starters? Isn’t there a statute about failing to yield to an emergency vehicle? Look at all the damage she caused…incredible.