Passing automotive kills deputy at visitors cease, Florida cops say


Deputy Christopher Taylor, 23, died when a driver collided with his patrol car on Interstate 75, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. He was sworn in on Feb. 14, 2022.

Deputy Christopher Taylor, 23, died when a driver collided together with his patrol automotive on Interstate 75, in accordance with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Workplace. He was sworn in on Feb. 14, 2022.

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A Florida sheriff’s deputy working a visitors cease died in a sequence response crash attributable to “a suspected drunk driver,” in accordance with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Workplace.

The deputy was recognized as Christopher Taylor, and he celebrated his twenty third birthday on Saturday, Nov. 19, in accordance with a information launch.

It occurred round 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, throughout a visitors cease on Interstate 75 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Sheriff Invoice Prummell stated in a video posted on Fb.

“Deputy Taylor was out of his automobile, talking with the driving force of the stopped automotive. … One other automobile touring at a excessive charge of velocity struck the patrol automotive, which subsequently hit Deputy Taylor,” Prummell stated.

“Life-saving measures got on the scene by good Samaritans and later by Taylor’s brothers and sisters in inexperienced. Deputy Taylor was trauma transported to Punta Gorda ShorePoint Well being and regrettably succumbed to his accidents,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.

Investigators stated the crash occurred when 30-year-old Cassandra Smith misplaced management of her Jeep and veered “throughout three lanes into the shoulder hanging the deputy.” She known as 911 from the scene, officers stated.

Smith was arrested by the Florida Freeway Patrol and is charged with DUI manslaughter, officers stated. She is from Lakeville, Massachusetts, station WBBH reviews.

“That is Smith’s second arrest for DUI, and she or he simply accomplished her probation in August,” Prummell stated.

Taylor joined the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Workplace in August 2021 and was formally sworn in Feb. 14, officers stated.

“In his little lower than a 12 months of service to Charlotte County, Chris exemplified the core values of the CCSO; integrity, professionalism, and belief,” Prummell stated in a information launch. “Dropping a deputy is unspeakably troublesome for the company, however the passing of such a promising and type younger man is an incredible loss for the world.”

Charlotte County is about 90 miles south of Tampa.

The crash comes at a time when visitors on the nation’s roads has dramatically elevated because of the Thanksgiving vacation.

This story was initially printed November 23, 2022 7:17 AM.

Mark Value has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, protecting beats together with faculties, crime, immigration, LGBTQ points, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the College of Memphis with majors in journalism and artwork historical past, and a minor in geology.

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