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DUI suspect in custody dies in truck accident

At approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, the Florida Highway Patrol received a call regarding a vehicle that crashed into the guardrail on the inside northbound lane of of Interstate 75. When a trooper arrived at the scene, he suspected the driver of being impaired. While in the custody of the trooper, the man became the victim of a truck accident.

The trooper had put the driver into his patrol car in order to move him to the opposite shoulder of the Interstate in order to perform a field sobriety test. A Sheriff's deputy from the area arrived on scene to block the inside lane in order to provide the trooper with safe passage. The deputy's patrol car had its lights and sirens activated to alert northbound drivers.

Tragically, a truck failed to move into the other lane. It struck the patrol car occupied by the suspected drunk driver. The man died from the injuries he suffered in the impact.

The trooper survived the crash but suffered a fractured vertebrae, broken nose and fractured skull. At last report, his condition was listed as serious. The truck driver was uninjured.

While the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the truck accident, the family of the deceased victim may choose to exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties who caused or contributed to the death of their loved one. Successfully establishing negligence to the court's satisfaction could result in an award of damages. A monetary judgment could help the family recover from the financial losses incurred in this tragedy.

Source: nbc-2.com, "Passenger in FHP patrol car killed in crash, trooper injured", Aug. 30, 2015

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