Deputy hurt in Kentucky motorcycle accident
It was a somber mood at the Law Enforcement Center in Blue Earth on Wednesday.
Faribault County deputies, jailers and other employees were being told that deputy Todd Duit was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident the night before.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the accident occurred on Interstate 64, near Frankfort, Ky.
Duit apparently was thrown from his motorcycle when he swerved to avoid a car that had lost control in front of him and crashed into a concrete wall.
Chief Deputy Scott Adams says he first received word of what had happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Adams was pulling into his driveway after investigating an accident north of Delavan when he got a phone call from a family member.
“My heart just sank. My prayers and thoughts went out to his family,” he says.
Adams then called Sheriff Mike Gormley.
Their main concern was how to get Duit’s family to his bedside at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where he was airlifted from the scene.
Adams says a private plane flew Duit’s wife and two children out of Albert Lea around 8:30 p.m. One of his children is a jailer in Faribault County.
Adams says Duit was on a trip with a friend, who was not injured.
Duit, 41, has been employed with the sheriff’s office for 10 years.Adams says some deputies made a trip this past weekend to see Duit, who is listed as stable but in critical condition.
Gormley says it was pretty hard on Wednesday to concentrate on work.
“Everybody is pretty shook up and concerned,” he says.
In addition to fielding questions from the various media, Gormley and Adams were busy trying to set up a donation fund with Wells Fargo banks across the country.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank under the Todd Duit Benefit Donation Fund Account #5345.
“All we can do is pray and hope for the best. It’s hour by hour communication with the family, to see how Todd is doing,” says Gormley.
Anyone with questions or needing more information is asked to call Gormley or Adams at (507) 526-5148 or (507) 526-6180.