Polk County deputy hits pedestrian with patrol car, killing him

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A Polk County deputy in his patrol car hit and killed a pedestrian Friday morning in Auburndale.

Officials with the Sheriff's Office said it happened around 6:00 at the intersection of 42nd Street and Havendale Boulevard.
 
The pedestrian is identified as 56-year-old Martin W. Knoetasch,
 
Deputy William Tull had just completed his patrol shift and was heading home on Havendale. He was uninjured.
 
According to a sheriff's statement, the traffic light was green and Tull had the right of way.
 
According to the statement, "Knoetasch had an extensive criminal arrest history with 78 criminal arrest charges and has been booked into the Polk County Jail 42 times.  Knoetasch's prior charges include 11 disorderly intoxication and alcohol related charges, 30 trespassing and public order related charges, and other charges to include theft, resisting arrest, battery, and failure to appear."
 
The eastbound lanes of Havendale Boulevard were closed as PCSO traffic deputies investigated. 
 
Deputy Tull is on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.
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