Naples officer under investigation for striking pedestrian

Naples police are reviewing an officer's behavior after he hit a woman with his patrol car Monday.

Ryan Schickfus, an officer on day shift patrol, was making a right turn on U.S. 41 East from 10th Street South just before noon when he hit pedestrian Anita Proulx, 62, as she attempted to cross the street, according to a crash report obtained Thursday.

Proulx was taken to a local hospital to be checked for possible injuries. Schickfus was found at fault for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, reports said.

Police Chief Tom Weschler said his department just received the information from the Collier County Sheriff's Office, which took the report and closed the crash investigation.

"Command staff reviews all motor vehicle accidents and we make a determination from there," he said.

Monday's crash was not the first time Schickfus has been under internal investigation. In 2003, the officer was accused of intimidating a coworker's wife. In 2006, he was suspended for three days for unprofessional behavior at a traffic stop.

Weschler said the department practices "progressive discipline," meaning Schickfus' prior actions could be taken into account in the latest review.

"Each incident is different, so it's very hard to make a determination" at this point, he said.

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