St. Johns County motorcycle deputy thrown from bike after accident

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—A St. Johns County Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy was thrown from his bike after an SUV turned into his lane of travel Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Deputy Thomas Bickhart, 30, of St. Augustine was responding to a crash that had shut down all lanes of State Road 16 at St. Francis Road due west of Interstate 95 when an SUV turned into his lane of travel, a report from the Florida Highway Patrol says.

Bickhart was thrown from the bike and landed in the grassy shoulder. He was taken with serious injuries to Flagler Hospital. 

The driver of the SUV, Thomas Emick, 43, didn't see the deputy coming up behind him and was cited for an improper U-turn, troopers say. Emick was uninjured in the wreck.


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