Latest Florida Highway Patrol News

Troopers: Florida couple charged in fatal 2020 hit-and-run

Jan. 10, 2022 08:56 AM EST

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A husband and wife from north Florida have been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in 2020, officials said. Jose Antonio Diaz, 35, and his 33-year-old wife Elia Diaz, surrendered to authorities last week, the Florida Highway Patrol said. ...

Florida man dies after exiting moving car on highway

Jan. 01, 2022 13:15 PM EST

TAMPA., Fla. (AP) — A Florida man died early Saturday after exiting a moving car on a busy interstate highway near Tampa, authorities said. The Florida Highway Patrol said the 25-year-old Pinellas Park man exited the car for unknown reasons on I-275 while it was traveling at...

8-year-old Tennessee girl killed in crash on I-75 in Florida

Dec. 31, 2021 13:37 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl from Tennessee was killed early Friday when a 30-year-old driver slammed into traffic on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida, officials said. The little girl was riding in a sports utility vehicle that was knocked into an empty gas tanker...

3 dead, 3 injured in fiery Interstate 75 crash in Sumter

Dec. 19, 2021 12:21 PM EST

BUSHNELL, Fla. (AP) — Three people died and three were injured early Sunday when their pickup truck hit a tree in central Florida and burst into flames. The Florida Highway Patrol said the truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 75 in Sumter County west of The Villages when...

COVID kills South Florida police more often than gunfire

Dec. 18, 2021 03:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Of the 33 law enforcement officers in South Florida who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past two years, three were killed by gunfire, one died in a car crash and another lost his life to a work-related injury. The other 28 were felled by COVID-19. ...

Month-old baby dies in Florida turnpike accident

Dec. 09, 2021 16:44 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A 1-month-old boy who was riding on his mother's lap died Thursday when their car crashed on Florida's Turnpike near Orlando and he was ejected, law enforcement officials said. The Florida Highway Patrol the baby was riding on the lap of his 41-year-old...

Troopers: 2 women ejected from SUV, killed in I-4 crash

Dec. 07, 2021 07:59 AM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Two woman were killed when another driver crashed into the sports utility vehicle they were riding in on Interstate 4, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The women, ages 54 and 59, were both ejected from the SUV as it overturned on Monday night in Osceola...

DeSantis proposes raises, bonuses for first responders

Nov. 29, 2021 15:46 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will include raises and bonuses for law enforcement when he announces his overall state budget proposal next week, he said at a news conference Monday. DeSantis is proposing repeating the $1,000 bonuses law...

Pedestrian fatally struck on I-95 in central Florida

Nov. 19, 2021 10:38 AM EST

VIERRA, Fla. (AP) — A 61-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 95 early Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened near Vierra in Brevard County sometime after 6 a.m. Friday, the agency said in a news release. ...

Florida woman killed while checking on deer in roadway

Nov. 06, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who stopped to check on a deer that was struck by a vehicle was killed when another driver hit her early Saturday. The 20-year-old woman stopped her vehicle in the center lane of the three-lane road near the University of Central...