Florida state trooper injured while escorting colleague’s body

A recent crash injured a Florida Highway Patrol motorcycle trooper in Lake County while he escorted the remains of another trooper who had been killed in a wreck on I-75. The second trooper suffered only minor injuries in the motorcycle accident after a driver broke through the 10 police units in the motorcade.

The motorcade is traditional for law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. Just before noon, as they neared the intersection of Lemon Street and Route 27-441, a 66-year-old driver of a 2007 Mercedes entered the intersection, forcing the trooper to swerve out of the way. He then struck the rear of the car and was tossed over the Mercedes into the street. He was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision.

The motorcade was escorting their fallen colleague from the Leesburg Medical Examiner’s Office in Lady Lake to an Ocala funeral home when the accident occurred. The driver of the Mercedes was issued a ticket for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle even though he had a green light, as the trooper was already in the intersection when they collided. The man stated that he did not realize what was taking place at the time.

In the wreck that claimed the trooper’s life, a pick-up truck driver swerved into the center median to avoid stopped traffic due to an earlier accident, killing the trooper and a tow truck driver on impact. Another man, the father of the teen involved in the first accident, died of his injuries later at Ocala Regional Hospital.

Negligent and distracted drivers do not usually intend to cause harm to others. That does not undue the great damage their irresponsible actions cause to others, however.

If a loved one has been killed or you have been seriously injured or disabled in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, you can seek damages and financial compensation through the Florida court system.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “FHP trooper on motorcycle injured while escorting trooper’s body” Jayna Omaye, May. 05, 2014