Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were injured after a driver crashed into their motorcycles Saturday morning as they were working a funeral procession for one of the victims of the recent Orlando mass shooting, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The Osceola County deputies have been hospitalized, Florida Department of Highway Safety Sgt. Kim Montes tells PEOPLE: One deputy is in serious but stable condition and the other is in stable condition.
Both deputies were struck by Ivonne Morales, 44, about 11:30 a.m. local time in Kissimmee, Florida, after she pulled out into the funeral procession, as it headed from the church to the burial site, Montes says.
One of the motorcycles was struck “head on” by Morales, Osceola sheriff’s spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain tells PEOPLE.
The unidentified deputies are 40 and 50, Montes says.
Morales “is definitely at fault in this crash,” Montes says. She told authorities she thought she had been waved out to cross the road.
Morales was uninjured in the crash but was later hospitalized, Montes says. She was ticketed for failure to yield to a funeral procession.
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“Driver of car saw gap in line and tried to cross. Deputies collided w/car when it unexpectedly crossed intersection,” WFTV reporter Field Sutton tweeted.
Lizasuain confirmed to PEOPLE that there was a gap in the procession line before the crash.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department is tending to its deputies: “Our focus is on the health of our two motor deputies who are being treated at a local hospital,” the department said on Facebook.
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Lizasuain says the procession was for Pulse victim Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 – who, friends told PEOPLE, was the “nicest guy you’d ever meet.”
Perez was killed in the June 12 mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando along with his longtime partner, 37-year-old Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon.
Funerals for the 49 shooting victims are now underway.
“I’ve been in the funeral business for 42 years, and in my 42 years in this industry we have never experienced anything else of this magnitude,” Bob Healy, funeral director of Funeria San Juan in Kissimmee, which worked with the families of six of the victims, told PEOPLE earlier this week.
“The numbers are daunting,” he said.