Collier Boulevard and Pasedo Drive
COLLIER COUNTY — A woman struck by a Collier County sheriff’s deputy’s squad car last week said she was crossing the road in the dark to avoid law enforcement. Cicelia McKinnon, 47, said she didn’t want deputies to see her and ticket her for not having lights on her bicycle.
McKinnon said she doesn’t remember being hit on Collier Boulevard last week. She said she probably didn’t see the deputy because her glasses are broken. When asked how bad her vision is, McKinnon said “It’s pretty bad.”
She remains hospitalized at Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.
The Sheriff’s Office released a crash video from Cpl. Brian Williams dashboard camera on Monday. The video shows McKinnon stepping out of the darkness into Williams’ path. She was thrown onto the hood of the car after being struck.
“A friend was there. He told me about flying through the air or something,” McKinnon said from her hospital room. “That’s all I really know. I didn’t wake up until I was here.”
McKinnon was struck around 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 8 near the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Pasedo Drive.
She was walking her bicycle across the road, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. At the same time, Williams was traveling north on Collier Boulevard in his 2008 Ford Crown Victoria squad car.
McKinnon, who is unemployed and relies on her bike for transportation, said her friend usually keeps an eye on her. At the time she was hit, her friend was in front of her and couldn’t see her, she said.
“Usually, if something is coming, he’ll give me a yell,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon said she was intentionally trying to stay out of a well-lit and near-by grocery store parking lot because “people kind of drive crazy through there,” and because she didn’t want a deputy to see that she didn’t have a light on her bike. She said she can’t afford to pay the ticket.
“Right now I can’t afford glasses,” she said. “They’re expensive.”
McKinnon said she suffered a broken leg, a broken arm and internal injuries in the crash. She doesn’t have health insurance.
“I’m not going anywhere,” McKinnon said. “I’m in rehabilitation. ... I can’t walk.”
Collier County Court records indicate that Williams previously arrested McKinnon in September on an open container charge. She pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
The Sheriff’s Office released the video of the crash after obtaining permission from the Florida Highway Patrol, which is conducting the crash investigation.
“It helps illustrate what happened that evening in this unfortunate accident,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristi Lester said in an e-mail.
Williams is a road patrol deputy in the East Naples district. There has been no change in his assignment because of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Accident Review Board will review the crash, as it does with any crash involving an agency vehicle when vehicle damage, property damage or injury occur, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
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