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Trooper Hurt In I-95 Crash Recovering And In Good Spirits

FHP Trooper Mithil Patel who was injured near Bridge Road in Hobe Sound is recovering.


The Florida Highway Patrol trooper struck by a car as he stood alongside Interstate 95 in southern Martin County “continues to recover and is in good spirits,” the agency said.

Trooper Mithil Patel was expected to leave St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and might speak to reporters by the end of the week, a FHP Lieutenant said. The Lieutenant thanked the public “for all your warm thoughts for Trooper Patel and the FHP family.”

Authorities said Patel, 31, of Fort Pierce was struck in the right lane of northbound I-95 just north of Bridge Road, about 10 miles north of the Martin-Palm Beach county line.

Patel was investigating an earlier crash involving a 23-year old of Pompano Beach, and the two were on the highway’s shoulder when one car struck another, sending it spinning into the men, according to a report. Patel was thrown by the impact.

The dramatic video captured by WPEC-TV Channel 12, which had responded to the initial crash, drew national attention.

Bottex, 65, suffered minor injuries. He and the driver of the first car, could not be reached. The other 24-year old driver, of Wellington, declined to comment.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. 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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