Retired deputy injured in crash released from hospital
PLANT CITY - Retired Hillsborough County sheriff's Lt. Billy Passmore has been released from the hospital as he continues to recover from a motorcycle crash in Sebring. Passmore, 62, returned to his Plant City home on Monday after nearly a week at Tampa General Hospital. He continues to walk with a great deal of pain but insisted on eating supper at the dinner table, instead of at his recliner, said his sister-in-law, Dodie White. Passmore was injured when he lost control of his bike July 17 when a car slowed in front of him on U.S. 27 near Ryant Boulevard. White said Passmore and his motorcycle flipped several times in the accident. He was treated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, then transferred to TGH.His injuries include a collapsed lung, broken shoulder, five broken ribs, three broken vertebrae and other injures, White said. He faces a long recovery. White thanked the community for "your prayers, your visits, your love and concern." Passmore retired this spring after 33 years of service with the sheriff's office, six years with the Plant City Police Department and two years at the Tampa Police Department. As he was getting ready to retire, Passmore said in an interview he planned to spend more time on his Harley-Davidson. His wife, Marsha, served on the Plant City Commission from 1992 until 1998, when she stepped down to make an unsuccessful bid for a county commission seat.
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