A wrong-way crash on Sebastian left one man dead and an off-duty Indian River County police officer seriously injured and facing charges, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
A Florida Highway Patrol officer, assigned to the Third Precinct, had been driving his 2000 Nissan Pathfinder eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Sebastian Highway when he smashed into a 2016 Ford van, according to police officials.
The van caught fire as a result of the collision and the driver, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The Florida Highway Patrol officer was rushed to Delray Medical Center with serious injuries and was later charged with reckless endangerment and suspended from duty without pay.
The crash shut down the Sebastian Highway in both directions for nearly four hours.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious off-way accident involving two vehicles, which ultimately, left one man dead and an off-duty Indian River County cop seriously injured. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident so that the family and friends of the victim can get justice and have a closure. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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