Lady who struck Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood was shopping on her cellular phone, officers say

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – A 20-12 months-aged lady has been arrested in connection with a strike-and-run crash that still left Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood hospitalized with a fractured leg.

Port Orange law enforcement mentioned early Friday that Paige Bergman was arrested on expenses of leaving the scene of a motor auto crash involving really serious bodily injuries,

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She was arrested soon after law enforcement stated they uncovered the automobile that struck Chitwood, who was riding a bicycle, at a home in the 3200 block of Sardinia Terrace in Deltona.


Volusia County sheriff’s officials claimed in a tweet Thursday afternoon that Chitwood was taken to a healthcare facility after the crash, which took spot all around 4:30 p.m. at Town West Boulevard and Daylily Road in Port Orange.

Chitwood wanted stitches and endured a fractured fibular, he mentioned by way of his Fb page.

The sheriff later unveiled a statement on Twitter.

(WARNING: online video below has solid language)

Chitwood said he was on a 20-mile bike experience when he was hit from at the rear of.

“I go traveling off the bike and what I could convey to you it was a burgundy color vehicle since the mirror was impaled in my back,” he stated.

Chitwood explained a driver of a squander truck noticed the incident, and the collision was caught on video clip.

Chitwood posted online video of the crash Friday morning, stating, “Thank you all once more for your messages and kind words. I have some road rash, a few stitches on the gash from the passenger side mirror and a fractured fibula that the medical doctors hope will recover on its have. I think about myself fortunate to be again on my ft right now.”


In accordance to Chitwood, Bergman stated she was searching on Amazon on her phone when she hit him.

“Please permit this be a warning to set your telephones down whilst you are driving prior to you kill someone,” Chitwood mentioned by means of Fb.

Chitwood thanked all of those who stopped to assistance him, specifically the WastePro driver.

The sheriff mentioned EMS and hospital crews did a wonderful work taking care of him.

On-line courtroom records clearly show Bergman was arrested in December on domestic battery fees. A pretrial listening to in the case is scheduled for April 6.

Thursday’s crash comes almost 4 decades immediately after Chitwood was hurt in a bicycle crash in Ponce Inlet. Chitwood suffered a damaged hand and an ACL injury in that crash following he was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, officers explained.


Also in 2017, Chitwood’s bicycle fell from his vehicle’s bicycle rack on to the interstate, harming passing autos. No person was hurt but a few motor vehicles had been destroyed, the sheriff reported.

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