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February 20, 2018

Last Saturday, a deputy with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was behind the wheel of his cruiser and on his way to work in Viera when he was involved in an accident involving his car and a semi-truck.  Due to the severity of the crash, the deputy sustained critical injuries and was ultimately declared dead at the scene of the incident.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, shocked and saddened by the death of its employee, issued a report shortly afterwards describing the events as best they could.  Their report outlines how the 32-year-old deputy was driving his patrol car down one of the southern lanes of Interstate 95 in Titusville to the town of Viera.  It was close to 5:15 in the morning, and the deputy was on his way to his scheduled shift in the town when a a semi-truck also traveling down the southern lanes of Interstate 95 approached from behind him.

Inside of the semi were a 26-year-old driver and a passenger who has not been described in any way.  The preliminary investigation suggests that at around the same time as the truck neared the cruiser, the tread on the truck’s front passenger side separated from the rest of the tire.  The tread then wound itself around the truck’s axle, making it so that the young driver could no longer control the enormous vehicle.

While attempting to regain control over the semi, the driver wrenched the steering wheel to the left, causing the truck to lurch against the back of the police cruiser.  In the subsequent crash, the small police car crumpled beneath the weight of the large truck, causing massive damage to the officer in the vehicle.  Although emergency response vehicles arrived at the scene shortly after the initial incident took place, it was reported that there was nothing they could do for the officer and he was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi-truck and his passenger were both transported to a nearby hospital.  The driver is believed to have been suffering from possible injuries to his back, although the report failed to elaborate on the condition of either individual from the truck.

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