Clay County traffic deputy, Ben Zirbel, is still in critical condition Monday after a motorcycle crash Sunday at Camp Francis Johnson Road and Blanding Boulevard over the weekend, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
As of 9 a.m. Monday, Deputy Zirbel's condition remains critical. CCSO reported there is a rumor circulating that Deputy Zirbel has passed away; however, this is false information.
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The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. Sunday while the traffic deputy was on duty. Zirbel, a 12-year-veteran of the agency, was on his sheriff's office motorcycle traveling southbound on Blanding Boulevard in the center lane when a Dodge pickup truck carrying a lawn trailer attempted to turn left, failing to yield to the officer. Zirbel tried to evade the truck but struck the back of the trailer, ejecting the officer onto the roadway. Rescue crews responded to the scene and the deputy was transported to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.
Florida Highway Patrol will assume the investigation into the crash.
The driver of the truck suffered no injuries and remained on scene to cooperate with authorities. Charges against the driver are pending the investigation.
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Though the investigation remains ongoing, officers warn against driving while distracted.
In a message from the agency, the Clay County Sheriff's Office states:
"On behalf of our members, and Deputy Zirbel’s family, we say thank you for the incredible support of our community. With thousands of messages being sent, we cannot respond to them all, but we appreciate every one of you, from the bottom of our hearts as we pray for all those involved."
Gov. Rick Scott offered his prayers and support for the hospitalized deputy.