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Florida Deputy Awaits Possible Termination for Causing Fatal Car Accident

July 11, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy may lose her job for her role in a deadly car crash last August that killed a 91-year-old Orlando man. According to, the department served the deputy with a Notice of Intent to Discipline by termination of employment last month. The deputy requested an administrative appeal and is currently performing non-law enforcement duties pending the appeal’s outcome.

The termination of employment stems from a car accident on August 17, 2010, when the deputy responded to a call involving a burglary suspect. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report stated that the deputy was driving at a high rate of speed on Magnolia Homes Road. She neglected to use the squad car’s rooftop emergency lighting and struck the victim’s vehicle on the passenger side.

It took emergency responders over 15 minutes to free the victim from his car utilizing hydraulic equipment. Workers transported him to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The victim was a lay minister at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winter Park. The victim has one son.

The department re-assigned the deputy to administrative duties right after the deadly car accident.

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury lawyers