May 29, 2011

Accident involving patrol vehicle

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating an accident involving a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and a small electric vehicle this morning on the Boca Chica four lane, just north of the Boca Chica bridge.

Deputy Scott Ward was southbound going to a special duty detail at Higg’s Beach in Key West when the accident took place at 7:45 a.m. He reportedly ran into the rear of the small electric vehicle. The driver and only occupant of that vehicle was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami by Monroe County’s Trauma Star helicopter. Deputy Ward was uninjured in the accident.

Southbound lanes of the highway are still closed as the investigation continues. Officers on the scene are alternating traffic in the northbound lanes.

Florida Highway Patrol will be the investigating agency and will be the agency to release any further details about the accident.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know how this sheriff can live with himself after killing a pedestrian. He was so clearly at fault. What was he doing that morning to not see this electric car, no witnesses,so I assume he had plenty of room to swerve to miss this fatal accident. Also, this sheriff is still on the job. Such a disgrace to your department.