Former MCSO deputy killed in crash, 2 others injured

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Deputy Tevyn D. Gadson killed in crash.

Levy County — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was killed and two others were injured in a crash at approximately 3 a.m.Sunday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Deputy Tevyn D. Gadson, 22, was traveling north on CR-331A at an “unsafe speed” when he slammed into the rear-end of an E-Z-GO golf cart, driven by Lawrence O. Heath, 20.

The impact caused the golf cart to leave the road onto the right shoulder, overturn on its right side, and land on its wheels.

The motorcycle continued in a northwesterly direction, left the road, and crossed a sidewalk along CR-331A, where it struck a street sign on the south shoulder of Northeast 42nd Place and started to overturn.

According to reports, the motorcycle then crossed over Northeast 42nd Place and slammed into a utility pole.

Heath and his passenger, Cedrick D. Brooks, 20, were transported to UF Health Shands, Gainesville, with serious injuries.

Gadson was also transported to UF Health Shands, where he was pronounced dead.

Troopers said it is unknown at this time if alcohol played a part in the crash.

Gadson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

He was hired on with MCSO in 2014 and resigned in September of 2015.

The investigation is ongoing.

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  • William Friss

    Prayers and condolences to the family and friends of deputy Gadson. Lets all be reminded that these motorcycles are very dangerous and the allure to ride at excessive speeds is strong. It only takes a split second for circumstances to change drastically.


      I agree. Nearly broke my neck on one of those things. You must stay focused at all times when riding a motorcycle.

  • Ms Betty

    What was a golf cart doing on the roadway?????? DUH………

  • Karen M

    yes, what a loss ! I know he resigned, but he was a highly thought of member of MCSO I remembered something about him from a while ago, so checked and found that he was a HERO! he had indeed saved a life.on a call for help.when he was an officer. Just wish he had exercised the same good judgement when it came to his own safety. and wondering why a Golf Cart was on the road in traffic