FHP: Hit and run crashes on the rise

FHP: Hit and run crashes on the rise

Tallahassee, Florida – Florida has experienced an alarming increase in the number of fatal hit and run crashes during the last two years. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Students Against Destructive […]

MCFR: Driver failed to yield; struck rescue vehicle

MCFR: Driver failed to yield; struck rescue vehicle

Ocala, Florida — Emergency vehicles, including police, fire, and ambulances, respond to calls throughout the county every day. While some calls are ordinary, others include life-threatening situations. Despite the many safety campaigns advertised by emergency personnel, citizens cannot seem to grasp the concept of yielding to emergency vehicles. On Friday, January 23, at approximately 8:30 […]

Student killed while walking to school

Student killed while walking to school

Eagle Lake, Florida — On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, around 6:10 a.m., Codey Kierstead, 15, from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, was walking to school when he decided to cross U.S. Hwy 17 southbound just south of the intersection at CR 540 (Winter Lake Road), in lieu of using either of the two […]

Man that killed trooper and two others, gets fines and suspended license

Man that killed trooper and two others, gets fines and suspended license

Ocala, Florida — Troy Thomas Owens, 23, will not face any jail time for hitting and killing three people, including Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard in a May 3, 2014, accident. According to court records obtained by Ocala Post today, Owens was adjudicated guilty and will receive a six month suspension on his license […]

Woman crushed under SUV

Woman crushed under SUV

Bartow, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an overturned vehicle found near the 1000 block of 80 Foot Road, Bartow. When first responders arrived on-scene, they discovered that a woman had been crushed beneath an overturned 2000 silver Chevrolet Tahoe. According to investigators, it appeared the crash occurred […]

Three children are in critical condition following I-75 crash Sunday night

Three children are in critical condition following I-75 crash Sunday night

Ocala, Florida — On May 18, 2014, at approximately 9:25 p.m., there was a multiple vehicle crash southbound on I-75, mile marker 345. Florida Highway Patrol trooper Raul J. Umana, 20, was traveling northbound on I-75 in the inside lane. Trooper Umana was driving a 2007 marked FHP patrol car. A 2014 Nissan Altima, driven […]

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Polk County, Florida — Today, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide deputies conducted a Fatal Crash investigation in the area of Bluff Road on Highway 37 in Mulberry. At approximately 5:38 p.m., on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the PCSO received a call in reference to a crash involving multiple vehicles. Deputies on the scene confirmed […]

Tragic I-75 accident is the motivation for “Move Over – Slow Down – Save A Life” month

Tragic I-75 accident is the motivation for “Move Over – Slow Down – Save A Life” month

Florida – As National Police Week starts today, law enforcement officers across the nation remember and honor our fallen heroes – those officers who in the service of their communities have given the ultimate sacrifice are remembered. As Florida mourns the loss of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard, who lost her life along with […]

Extreme speed was factor; car ripped in half

Extreme speed was factor; car ripped in half

  Polk County, Florida — At approximately 12:48 am, on Monday, March 03, 2014, Davenport and Haines City Police were investigating a suspicious person on US 17/92 and North Boulevard, Davenport. As they were conducting their investigation, a white Nissan Altima, driven by 49-year-old Karen Reynolds Johnson, of St. Cloud, passed them at a high […]

Dash cam release showed Marlon Brown being run over by police car

Dash cam release showed Marlon Brown being run over by police car

  DeLand, Florida — DeLand Police Officer James Harris was fired from his job after he accidentally ran over Marlon Robert Brown as he was fleeing from officers. FHP spokesperson, Sgt. Kim Montes, says 38-year old Marlon Robert Brown “failed to stop” for a Volusia County deputy who attempted to pull him over for a […]