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Hernando deputy released from hospital after crash

A Hernando County deputy who was injured in a hit-and-run on Saturday has been released from a hospital and is recovering at home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Doctors have not yet cleared Deputy James Baker to return to work, according to a release from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Baker was treated at the scene of the 4:43 a.m. crash at Cortez Boulevard and U.S. 301 then flown by helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Details of his injuries have not been released.

Two people who were in the car that struck Baker’s cruiser were apprehended and taken to the crash scene, Hernando County sheriff’s officials reported. Authorities have not identified them.

Baker was traveling west on Cortez and the other vehicle was headed north on 301 when they collided. Baker’s car was struck on the driver’s side door.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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