Central Florida deputy fatally strikes pedestrian with patrol car


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AUBURNDALE, Florida — Authorities say a central Florida deputy fatally struck a pedestrian with his patrol car.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that Deputy William Tull was driving home after a shift Friday morning when 56-year-old Martin W. Knoetasch tried to cross an Auburndale intersection. The sheriff's office says the 21-year-old deputy had a green light as Knoetasch attempted to cross the street.

Officials say Knoetasch, who had no known address, had a lengthy arrest history — most charges involving drinking and trespassing. Earlier this month, Auburndale police responded twice in one day to reports of Knoetasch walking into traffic at the intersection where he was eventually killed.

The death will still be reviewed by the sheriff's office and the State Attorney's Office.

The deputy was not injured in the crash.

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