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November 14, 2018

The deputy working for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office involved in a deadly rear-end collision at the beginning of October is once again at the center of a collision between law enforcement and a civilian. According to reports from various news agencies, this most recent crash happened on Tuesday, November 6th, at around 4:40 in the afternoon.

The 29-year-old deputy was behind the wheel of an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office vehicle (a 2014 Ford SUV) and inside of Orlando when the incident took place. It appears as though the traffic in the area had begun to either slow or had already stopped, and the officer was apparently unaware of this fact. Traveling down the right lane of northbound State Road 408, the officer noticed the stopped line of cars just before hitting the one before themselves at full speed.

Yanking the wheel to the left, the officer caused the SUV to swing out of the roadway and into the center lane. Not having checked the center lane to see if it was occupied, the rear of the deputy’s vehicle struck the front of a pickup truck. This collision caused the patrol vehicle to fail a full transfer from one lane to another, and the officer found themselves once again rear-ending the car in front of them; this time, it was a Mini Cooper. The force of the officer striking the Mini Cooper caused the Mini to lurch forwards into the rear of a Volkswagen.

It is not clear just what sort of investigation will be launched into this incident, especially seeing as how the collision from early in October has become hampered by the apparent refusal of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office to release all of the information they possess that relates to the crash. While one person died as the result of the crash in October, it is not believed that this most recent incident involving this deputy ended with any serious injuries or hospitalizations of any sort.

The report concluded by saying the officer in question was given a ticket for executing an improper lane change, although it is not clear if this is a standard sort of charge given to an individual who causes a four-car collision due to apparently distracted driving.

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