Car Crashes Into in Funeral Procession for Orlando Victim, Two Deputies Injured

June 19, 2016 1:35 pm Last Updated: June 19, 2016 4:01 pm

Two Florida deputies were injured on Saturday, June 18, after a car crashed into them as they were overseeing a funeral procession for a victim of the Orlando nightclub shooting, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department said.

A press release from the Florida Highway Patrol said the incident took place at the intersection of Donegan and Central avenues in Osceola County.

Two Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies on motorcycles were injured during the funeral for Jean Carlos Mendez, the sheriff’s department said.

On Sunday, authorities said that “both deputies are still in the hospital and both are having surgery this morning to repair fractures.”

They are in stable condition, the department said.

The driver, a 44-year-old woman, was ticketed for failure to yield to a funeral procession. She was not criminally charged, WFTV reported. She told officials that she believed that someone had waived her car to cross the procession.

Instead, the front of her Honda struck one of the deputies head-on. The second deputy’s bike then hit the back of her car. The driver was wearing her seat belt and she suffered only minor injuries.

Photos taken on the scene of the accident show that her car was moderately damaged.

At another funeral on Saturday, members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Christopher Leinonen. The protesters were blocked from viewing the funeral by around 200 counter-protesters, including bikers, according to accounts on social media. Orlando Police confirmed that it escorted some of the Westboro protesters from the funeral.

Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando said that the city has received $7 million in donations, and it would be given directly to the family members of survivors—rather than be distributed via nonprofits and charities.

“We are working through exactly the way they are going to do that,” Dyer told the New York Times. “The most important thing is to do it right, do it transparently and make sure our funders are comfortable with how we are doing this.”

Authorities are still investigating the motive behind shooter Omar Mateen, 29, who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that a partial transcript of Mateen’s conversations with hostage negotiators during the Orlando massacre—the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the worst terrorist attack since 9/11—will be released. She made the announcement during several appearances on morning talk shows.