In an unusual and unfortunate turn of events, an accident took place on Monday that sent three individuals to the hospital, including a Florida State Trooper. The initial report suggests that the trooper, who has yet to be named, was traveling in Orange County on State Road 528 when they noticed a car then attempting to make an illegal U-turn. The trooper was driving an official Florida State Trooper SUV which was also a K-9 unit.
The trooper noticed the driver trying to make the U-turn at the intersection of Beachline and State Road 528. The trooper began to pursue the vehicle, but before they could get very far the trooper’s car was rear-ended by a Mustang which was traveling directly behind them. The force of the impact caused the police vehicle to lurch forward and collide with the car attempting to make the U-turn.
Emergency response crews arrived at the scene and were able to free all three drivers from their seats as well as the K-9 in the back of the trooper’s vehicle. The individual behind the wheel of the car which the trooper was attempting to pull over was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical center where he was admitted as being in critical condition. The driver of the Mustang was taken to Florida Hospital East. At the time of this writing, his condition at the time of admittance is not public knowledge. The officer driving the SUV was also transported to a hospital (although which hospital is unknown), although his injuries were not considered to be highly serious.
The car which the trooper was driving was totaled in the incident. The K-9, who was properly secured in the back of the car at the time of the incident, was not injured in the crash. It is believed that the animal’s survival is due to the officer obeying all safety protocol as it pertains to animals in the back of the vehicle.
As a result of the circumstances leading to the crash, the driver of the Mustang and the driver of the U-turning vehicle were both issued tickets. It is known known whether other, more serious charges are on their way.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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