Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday,Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was involved in a vehicle crash in Hernando County.
Sheriff Prendergast was traveling north on U.S. Highway 19 in his agency vehicle and was returning home from a board meeting with the Sheriff’s Ranches Enterprises, Inc.
While traveling north on U.S. 19 just north of Weeki Wachee, a pedestrian attempted to cross the roadway and entered the outside traffic lane where Sheriff Prendergast was traveling.
The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene. As with any fatal traffic crash, the Florida Highway Patrol will be completing a thorough crash investigation. While on scene, Sheriff Prendergast cooperated fully with Florida Highway Patrol’s investigation and submitted to all requested testing, which included a blood draw. At this time, preliminary information indicates that alcohol was not a factor for the driver in the collision.