A horrific, wrong-way crash on Sebastian left one man dead and an off-duty Indian River County cop 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 in Indian River County when he smashed into a 2016 Ford van between exits 39 and 40, according to police officials.
The van caught fire as a result of the collision and the driver, whose identity was not immediately released, was later pronounced dead at the scene, police authorities and the Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
Four other passengers in the Ford Van were reported to be in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol officials.
“All attempts to revive the van driver at the crash scene proves futile. We are hoping to inform his family soon” a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.
The Florida Highway Patrol officer was rushed to Delray Medical Center with serious and critical injuries and was later charged with reckless endangerment and suspended from duty without pay.
The crash shutdown 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 accident resulting in a fatality. 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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