Fort McCoy woman charged with DUI Manslaughter

Fort McCoy woman charged with DUI Manslaughter

A Fort McCoy woman is being held on a $51,000 bond following a DUI crash. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that on Sunday, Suzana Bici, 23, who was driving a 2005 Dodge Durango, was traveling westbound in the vicinity of Northeast 16th Avenue Road and Northeast 245th Street Road, when she lost control of the […]

Student killed by hit-and-run driver

Student killed by hit-and-run driver

Belleview, Florida — On May 18, the Florida Highway Patrol was notified of a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 301, at the intersection of Southeast 125th Place, Belleview. According to FHP, Zachery T. Holt, 17, who was known by his friends as “Zach”, was walking southbound, adjacent to the roadway, when Vanisha […]

One person confirmed dead in Belleview crash

One person confirmed dead in Belleview crash

Belleview, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S 301. The crash involved a semi and GMC pick-up truck. FHP said that , the driver of the GMC, Joseph Grzeca, 56, of Beverly Hills, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Marion County Fire Rescue HAZMAT team responded to the scene to contain fuel […]

Prescribed burn near County Road 320

Prescribed burn near County Road 320

At the request of Paynes Prairie Preserve, the Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring a prescribed burn at Prices Scrub in northwest Marion County near County Road 320 west of Interstate 75. Smoke signs are in place and motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to fog/smoke-type […]

FHP: Traffic stop leads to 19 charges

FHP: Traffic stop leads to 19 charges

Ocala, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Juan A. Marrero was conducting traffic enforcement on I-75 at Mile Marker 361 when he “clocked” a white 2009 Infinity SUV at 92 mph. Trooper Marrero then activated his emergency lights, at which time the driver failed to stop. According to reports, when Trooper Marrero performed a computer […]

FHP: Special enforcement operation in Alachua and Marion Counties

FHP: Special enforcement operation in Alachua and Marion Counties

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers from across the state will join local members of law enforcement for a special enforcement detail entitled “Staying Alive on I-75 and Florida’s Roadways” beginning Thursday, February 26, 2015, and concluding Monday, March 2, 2015. FHP units will heavily patrol I-75 in Alachua and Marion Counties. The emphasis for this initiative […]

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 […]

FHP’s game plan for Super Bowl Sunday

FHP’s game plan for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Sunday, February 1, many Super Bowl parties will feature pizza, wings, and yes…alcohol. That’s why the Florida Highway Patrol is urging football fans to choose sides before the game: are you drinking OR driving? “Impaired driving is completely preventable,” said Colonel David Brierton, director […]

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 […]

Take a shot at drinking and driving…FHP will provide the chaser

Take a shot at drinking and driving…FHP will provide the chaser

  ~ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts this weekend ~ Tallahassee, Florida – (Official Press Release) The Florida Highway Patrol will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor […]

FHP announces first woman commander

FHP announces first woman commander

Lake City, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to announce the appointment of Major Eileen Powell to the position of Troop Commander. Her promotion became effective June 16, 2014, according to a FHP press release. Major Powell is the first woman to hold this esteemed position in North Florida and will oversee approximately […]

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 […]

Strong “Move Over” Campaign Underway

Strong “Move Over” Campaign Underway

Ocala, Florida — The tragic May 3, 2014 death of Chelsea Richard, Mr. John Duggan (tow truck driver) and Mr. Robert Phillips has gained national attention, thrusting the “Move Over” law to center stage. Troopers said it is simple, when you see flashing lights, move over, and if you can’t move over you are required […]

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 […]

Traffic Alert For The Funeral Of Trooper Chelsea Richard

Traffic Alert For The Funeral Of Trooper Chelsea Richard

Ocala, Florida – The Florida Highway Patrol is preparing for the funeral of Trooper Chelsea Richard who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, May 3, 2014. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend. The funeral is being held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church […]

I-75 accident claims life of The third victim

I-75 accident claims life of The third victim

Ocala, Florida – The third pedestrian involved in the May 3, 2014, crash on I-75, Mr. George R. Phillips, 52, of Ocala, Florida succumbed to his injuries late last night at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Investigators are in the beginning stages of sorting through the physical evidence and witness statements relating to this crash. Additional […]