Orange City Police Officer Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Collision
Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are currently working to locate the family members of a 60-year-old Deltona woman after she was killed during a pedestrian accident along South Volusia Avenue early yesterday morning in Orange City.
According to preliminary auto accident reports from troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, it was approximately 2:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2022, when Sgt. Brian Kibbe with the Orange City Police Department was driving his department-issued vehicle in the southbound direction of U.S. 17-92 – locally referred to as South Volusia Avenue. As the officer approached the intersection of Roberts Street and South Volusia Avenue, his patrol car struck a 60-year-old female pedestrian from Deltona who was attempting to walk across the busy street outside of the designated crosswalk area.
Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol and Orange City emergency response teams were dispatched to the scene of the accident, but they were unable to save the 60-year-old pedestrian due to her severe injuries and she passed away.
Sgt. Brian Kibbe was visibly shaken from the fatal collision, but was unharmed. He has since taken some personal time off from work, however, due to the nature of the incident, the officer will be required to seek a psychologist before returning to active duty. Sgt. Kibbe, a 15-year veteran of the police force, was wearing a body camera at the time of the crash and told fellow officers that it was dark and he did not see the victim.“Pedestrians find it very difficult to cross the street. I myself have difficulty crossing the street just to get food from Hacienda. Traffic is absolutely brutal,” stated Kyle Terzian, the owner of a local car dealership near the crash site.
The Florida Highway Patrol is handling this investigation. Further details are expected to be released after the victim has been identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.
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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.