Legal News for Florida Auto Accident Attorneys. St. Johns County deputy killed after being struck by wrong-way driver on Florida 9A.
Florida Highway Patrol investigates head-on collision in which deputy suffered fatal injuries.
Jacksonville, FL—A veteran St. Johns County deputy was tragically killed on his way to work when his police car was violently struck by a wrong-way driver on Florida State Road 9A. The fatal head-on collision occurred early this morning, Thursday, January 14, 2010, according to information provided by Jacksonville.com.
A Honda Element was reportedly traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida 9A, near Baymeadows Road at approximately 3:30 a.m., when it struck an oncoming patrol car. The Element reportedly veered into the median on impact and overturned, while the deputy’s vehicle careened to the west shoulder of the roadway.
Emergency medical services (EMS) crews responded to the scene to transport both severely injured drivers to hospitals for treatment by doctors and nurses. It reportedly took a few hours to extract the seriously injured Element driver from his badly damaged vehicle before he could be taken to an area hospital for treatment. The deputy reportedly suffered severe injuries, but was conscious at the scene of the motor vehicle collision (MVC). The police officer allegedly spoke with his wife on the phone before being flown via medical helicopter to Shands Jacksonville Hospital. His injuries unfortunately proved fatal upon his arrival at the medical center. The St. Johns County deputy is survived by a wife and two beautiful children. Toxicology reports are pending as the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the fatal two-vehicle collision.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Auto Accident Lawyers.