Jacksonville sheriff kills pickup truck diver while pursuing traffic violation

FHP says sheriff’s deputy was driving 98 mph at time of pick-up truck wreck.

Jacksonville, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–MSNBC Jacksonville, Florida local news source updated the fatal pickup truck wreck on January 14, 2009, which involved an 86 year-old truck driver and an on duty Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has been investigating the fatal pickup truck wreck involving the deputy since the night of the accident. Ogden’s family remains baffled by the wrongful death of Matthew.

The FHP’s preliminary report claims JSO deputy, Marcus Kilpatrick, 29, was chasing a driver for having tinted windows, a minor traffic violation, on Merrill Road, when the patrol car he was driving crashed into 86 year old Matthew Ogden’s blue pickup truck. Ogden died at the scene from his injuries, and Kilpatrick suffered minor accident injuries. FHP has determined Kilpatrick was traveling at 98 mph in a 40 mph zone to catch the minor traffic violator.

Apparently, Merrill Road lines a residential area and a school district. There have been conflicting accounts about the cruiser’s lights and sirens being in use at the time of the fatal truck wreck. The FHP states the investigation remains ongoing. Orlando police officers will not give chase because of a traffic violation and neither will St. John’s County.

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