Port Orange, FL – A woman shopping on Amazon while driving crashed into Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood as he was out riding his bike on Thursday and immediately fled the scene
Port Orange, FL Normally we hear about texting and driving or even drinking and driving, but a woman identified as Paige Bergman has decided to take it to a new level as far as driving distractions go. The woman was shopping on amazon and she ran over the sheriff while doing it.
The incident was captured by the dashcam of Waste Pro truck driver Allen Ramos, who happened to be traveling in the same direction, according to the Associated Press.
The video showed the vehicle slamming into the sheriff, then speeding off without even stopping.
Investigators later tracked down the 20-year-old hit-and-run driver, who initially claimed to have collided with a mailbox while shopping on Amazon on her phone, bodycam footage showed.
She kept with her story until the deputy told her family she had hit the sheriff – not a mailbox.
“There was a crash today…she did not hit a mailbox,” the deputy told the suspect’s family. “You want to know what she hit? Mike Chitwood, the sheriff…and she didn’t stop.”
The woman, later identified as Paige Bergman, was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash that caused bodily harm, WESH reported.
Sheriff Chitwood suffered a fractured fibula, road rash and a gash from being hit by the passenger side mirror of the woman’s vehicle, he said in a Facebook post on Friday.
“The young lady who hit me…says she was shopping on Amazon on her phone,” the sheriff wrote. “Please let this be a warning to put your phones down while you’re driving before you kill someone.”
“I know this young woman had no intention of running me down. That’s what a lot of distracted drivers say after they cause a tragedy,” he added. “Just imagine if that had been a child or an elderly person on that bike, or if the car drifted a couple more inches to the right.”
Sheriff Chitwood said he considered himself lucky to be back on his feet.