UPDATE: WCSO to review beach patrol procedures after accident

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM.

Similar accidents have happened on other Florida beaches, however. In 2011 a Daytona Beach lifeguard ran over a woman in front of her children, while making a U-turn to remove a broken bottle near the water's edge. The truck's front right tire struck the mother of three in the head area. The victim survived, but has facial paralysis on the left side of her face.

According to the "Orlando Sentinel," 43 people had been struck or run over by vehicles on the beach from 2005 to 2010.

In light of the recent Walton County accident, Smith said the sheriff's office will be looking into their beach patrol training policies.

It is not clear how many people were on the beach at the time of the accident. With summer tourism on the cusp everyone on the beach, including deputies, should be more aware of their surroundings, Ammons said.

After the accident Biernacki was taken back to the substation to check his blood/alcohol level, which showed there was no alcohol in his system and was issued a urine test to check for drugs in his system.

"This is commonplace for accidents involving investigators or deputies," Ammons explained.

After the accident, Smith said Bernacki was shaken. He was already scheduled to have Wednesday off.

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