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Sheriff’s office identifies employee hospitalized in critical condition

By Sonja Isger

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 5:14 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012

Posted: 7:03 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012

Authorities have identified the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office employee who was hit by a backing sport-utility vehicle this morning as Kelly Anne Eberhart.

Eberhart, 47, remains in critical condition this afternoon after being struck by the SUV being driven by another sheriff’s office employee who was backing up, according to a Vehicular Homicide Investigations release.

Eberhart, employed by the sheriff’s office since 1989, works as an office manager.

The SUV was driven by 52-year-old Mery Cardenas, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office since 1985. She works as a security technician.

According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera, the two women know each other.

When Eberhart was hit, she fell to the ground and hit the back of her head on the pavement, the release said. Eberhart was carrying things in her arms, which stopped her from bracing herself for the fall, Barbera said.

The crash happened at 6:34 a.m., in the dark parking lot, near Gun Club Road and Congress Avenue. It was initially believed that Cardenas was backing up at possibly 3 mph to 4 mph. Though the car appeared to be traveling at a slow speed, Eberhart’s injuries were severe enough to warrant her being flown by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center.

Palm Beach Post staff writer Cynthia Roldan contributed to this report.

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