Manatee sheriff’s office van struck by truck

MANATEE -- A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office van was struck by a truck early Monday, a media release said.

At about 1 a.m., a crime scene technician was driving a sheriff’s office van to a homicide scene on the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East in Palmetto when a red truck failed to stop and struck the van on the intersection of 75th Street.

The technician tried to stop, but hit the rear bumper of the truck, the release said.

The truck didn’t stop. Deputies located the truck. The driver, a 17-year-old boy, admitted he ran the red light but didn’t notice he was struck by the van, the release said.

The driver was cited and released to his parent, the release said.