Deputy Michael Hartwick, 51, killed when struck by front-end loader driven by hit-and-run driver Victor Vasquez-Real, 35, on Interstate 275 in Pinellas County, Florida

Modified Date: 
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 7:25am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2022

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According to Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Deputy Michael Hartwick, 51, was killed when he was struck by a front-end loader being driven by a construction worker just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.

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After striking Hartwick, Molina-Salles allegedly kept going and told another construction worker he had just killed a deputy. He then took off his construction hat and traffic vest and allegedly handed it to the worker and told him to hide it. 



People Involved: 
Michael Hartwick
Victor Vasquez-Real
Interstate 275