Latest Florida Highway Patrol News

1 killed after crashing into semitrailer at toll booth

Jul. 9, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — One person was killed Wednesday when the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a semitrailer at a Florida toll booth, authorities said. The crash occurred on The Florida Turnpike near Leesburg, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. The semitrailer was stopped in a...

7-year-old boy dies in Florida ATV accident near Tampa

Jul. 5, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol said that a 7-year-old boy died and five others were injured, including two other children, when an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a grass field. Officials said there were six aboard the ATV, which looks a little like a golf cart, but with all-terrain...

Protesters march through the streets over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Miami. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida officer who shoved protester referred to prosecutors

Jun. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer who was suspended for pushing a kneeling black woman to the ground at a George Floyd demonstration in Florida is under scrutiny again after the agency reviewed bodycam footage from two unrelated incidents and referred them to state prosecutors for possible...

Troopers: Driver shot, injured in shooting on I-4 near Tampa

Jun. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A driver was seriously injured in a shooting on Interstate 4 near Tampa early Monday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A trooper on patrol around 3 a.m. spotted a car that appeared to have been in a crash on the westbound shoulder of the interstate, the agency said in a news...

Off-duty Florida wildlife officer found fatally shot

Jun. 14, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An off-duty Florida wildlife officer was found fatally shot early Sunday, authorities said. Florida Wildlife Conservation officer Julian Keen Jr. was found fatally shot in rural Hendry County, and three suspects were in custody, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office...

Woman dead after commuter train hits SUV

Jun. 11, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A woman died after a Florida commuter train hit her SUV, authorities said. The crash occurred just before noon Wednesday in Altamonte Springs, near Orlando, a Florida Highway Patrol news release said. Witnesses told troopers that the SUV went around the signal arms that were...

Officer responding to call hits, kills woman crossing road

Jun. 1, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A police officer responding to an emergency call hit a woman who was crossing the road early Monday, killing her, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The 41-year-old officer from the Orange City Police Department had his emergency lights activated when he hit the woman, Lt. Kim Montes...

6 ejected in rollover crash, 2 killed

May. 26, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three adults and three children were ejected from an SUV in a rollover crash on a Florida expressway over the weekend, killing two of the adults, officials said. The crash occurred Saturday on State Road 417 near Orlando, a Florida Highway Patrol report said. The SUV was traveling...

Car hits, kills man crossing road in motorized wheelchair

May. 18, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 60-year-old man was killed Sunday night when a car hit his motorized wheelchair as he was crossing a road near Pensacola, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened around 10 p.m. on U.S. 29, the agency said in a news release. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the...

Miami-Dade firefighters Christian Blanco, left, and Matthew Gutierrez, put out spot fires, Thursday, May 14, 2020, off 26th Street in Golden Gate Estates, Fla. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

I-75 reopens in southwest Florida as wildfire continues

May. 14, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A section of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley reopened Thursday afternoon after four brush fires that eventually merged in southwest Florida caused it to close a day earlier, authorities said. The four fires merged and grew into a 8,500-acre (3,440-hectare) fire on Thursday,...