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Car hits funeral procession

AFP, WASHINGTON

A Florida driver on Saturday hit two police officers as she tried to cut through a funeral procession for a victim of the mass shooting in Orlando, police said.

The two Osceola County sheriff’s deputies were on motorcycles escorting the funeral procession south of Orlando when they were hit at about 11:30am, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sergeant Kim Montes said.

“We think it was impatience,” she said. “It wasn’t intentional. We see this happening with funeral processions and this was an especially long one.”

Both deputies are reportedly in stable conditions in hospital.

Police identified the driver as Ivonne Robles Morales, 44.

Morales “stated that she thought someone waived her out to cross the procession, and she entered the intersection,” a police statement said.

Her car then struck a first police car head on, causing the front of a second police car to strike the left rear of Morales’s vehicle. She was ticketed for failing to yield to a funeral procession and has been ordered to appear in court.

Police have not identified the police officers involved in the crash.

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