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An Inglis man died after jumping from a vehicle being pursued by a Levy County Sheriff's deputy responding to a 911 call about a bar fight in Inglis on Tuesday, March 11, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.
The dead man was identified as William Gerard Walsh, 39, by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. A preliminary report from the Fifth Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office stated the manner and cause of death was accidental due to blunt head trauma.
A patron of Rivals Bar at 439 State Road 40 West in Inglis, called shortly before midnight to report a fight involving multiple people inside the bar. The caller told the 911 officer the Jeep that was occupied by the people involved in the fight had left the scene.
One deputy located the vehicle eastbound on SR 40 in Inglis and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. As the deputy gained on the vehicle, he observed a person lying in the road, stopped and rendered aid while the Jeep stopped in an adjacent parking lot.
Other units arrived and spoke with the Jeep's driver and occupants. Deputies determined the man jumped from the moving vehicle in an attempt to avoid apprehension.
The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing into the incident.