Monday, October 15, 2007

Man hit by deputy identified

October 15, 2007

Orange County Deputy Sheriff James R. Brannon was heading toward a burglary alarm call with lights and sirens on when his cruiser stuck and killed a pedestrian on John Young Parkway in south Orange County on Saturday night.

The victim was identified Sunday as Shaun McCann, 38, of Orlando. He tried to cross John Young about 100 feet south of Hunter's Creek Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m., but stepped past a stopped sport utility vehicle into the path of Brannon's cruiser, and was struck and instantly killed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Workers at businesses near the site said Saturday that since the area has experienced growth, accidents are becoming more frequent.

The investigation continued Sunday night, FHP spokeswoman Trooper Kim Miller said.

Because preliminary indications show the crash was an accident, Brannon, 34, of Kissimmee, does not face administrative leave, though he may request time off, said Deputy Carlos Padilla of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to the FHP, witnesses said Brannon was headed south and had recently turned on his lights and sirens. Padilla said Brannon was responding to a burglary alarm call.

McCann was talking on a cell phone when he tried to cross the six-lane, divided road from right to left in front of Brannon. He stepped past an SUV that had stopped, and was struck.

There is no initial indication of how fast Brannon was traveling, Miller said.

Scott Powers and Etan Horowitz of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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