Baby injured when parked truck is hit near Old Town

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.

A 3-month-old boy was seriously injured late Monday when he was thrown from a parked truck as it was hit by another truck driven by relatives that then sideswiped a deputy’s cruiser, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the accident happened at about 10:45 p.m. on Northeast 544th Avenue outside Old Town.

FHP Sgt. Calvin Long said the child, Jacob P. Patterson of Old Town, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition. His mother, Caitlin S. Schiappucci, 18, of Old Town, was taken with her son to Shands, where she was treated for minor injuries, Long said.

Dixie County sheriff’s Maj. Dean Miller said a deputy had been dispatched a few minutes before the crash to a domestic dispute involving Schiappucci and a man who had been driving the 1991 Chevrolet pickup in which she and her son were riding.

That man’s identity had not been confirmed by Tuesday.

Miller said the first deputy to reach the scene found the man down the road from the truck, began talking him and then called for back-up so another deputy could begin talking with Schiappucci.

According to Long’s report, Schiappucci was seated in the pickup and was holding Jacob in her lap. The trooper also wrote that the truck had been stopped partially in the eastbound lane of Northeast 544th Avenue while facing west and that none of the truck’s lights were on.

As Deputy Kenneth Wimberly arrived, he said he saw the parked truck and also saw a 2000 Dodge pickup approaching the parked truck.

According to the FHP, the Dodge was being driven by George W. Patterson, 23, with Richard W. Patterson, 60, as a passenger. Miller said the two men were Old Town residents and Jacob’s paternal relatives.

According to Long’s report, “The driver (of the Dodge) failed to see (the Chevrolet pickup) parked in the roadway, thus striking (the Chevrolet pickup).”

After the first crash, Long said the Dodge “veered left into the westbound lane in the path” of the cruiser. Wimberly veered right and sideswiped the cruiser.

The adult Pattersons and Wimberly told Long they were not injured.

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