Two hurt after motorcycle collides with Pasco sheriff’s vehicle
A motorcyclist and his passenger were seriously injured Friday night in a collision with a Pasco County K-9 deputy’s patrol vehicle, troopers said. According to troopers, the crash occurred about 10:35 p.m. at U.S. 19 and Hudson Avenue after the motorcycle failed to yield to the marked sheriff’s vehicle, which had activated its emergency lights and siren. The operator of the 1992 Honda motorcycle, Christopher Richards, 49, of New Port Richey, and his passenger, Tina Fricke, 43, of Port Richey, were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries, troopers said. Deputy John Rux and his canine were not injured.According to troopers, Richards was traveling north on U.S. 19 in the center lane approaching Hudson Avenue. Rux, in a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe K-9 vehicle, was westbound on Hudson approaching U.S. 19. Rux stopped at a red light before proceeding into the intersection to make a left turn onto U.S. 19, troopers said. The motorcycle failed to yield to the sheriff’s vehicle, and they collided, troopers said. Charges are pending, the Florida Highway Patrol said in its incident report. Rux, a field training officer and certified K-9 trainer, has been with the Pasco sheriff's office since 1996, according to the agency’s website.