Tampa Police Detectives Investigating Car Crash

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WHEN: October 11, 2011, 7:20 p.m.

WHERE: Busch Boulevard and 22nd Street

DRIVER 1: Tampa Police Officer Jeff Bartlett, 28 years old, six year veteran

DRIVER 2: Ronald Adkins, 10/3/53, Tampa, driving a 1987 Oldsmobile

DETAILS: Officer Bartlett was driving west on Busch Boulevard and Mr. Adkins was driving east on Busch Boulevard. Adkins attempted to make a left turn directly in the cruiser's path. It is unclear why the driver turned into the officer's path. The officer had the green light and the right of way. Adkins was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where he is in critical but stable condition. Officer Bartlett was also taken to Tampa General Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Traffic is closed west bound on Busch Boulevard and one lane is open east bound on Busch Boulevard while detectives investigate the accident. A traffic signal was also knocked out of service. The road should be open within in the next two hours.

Andrea Davis
Tampa Police PIO