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Seminole County deputy involved in 2 crashes, 1 fatal

The first incident that a Seminole County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in occurred at about 9:30 p.m., and was a pursuit with an alleged drunk driver. That driver eventually crashed into a patrol car at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and State Road 434.

According to reports, the deputy -- and another individual who was in "pre-employment status" with the sheriff's office -- tried to stop the Camaro, but the woman driver allegedly took off. A short while later, a passenger reportedly threw herself out of the moving car. The deputy stopped to try to catch the woman who jumped from the car while other deputies continued the pursuit. When the woman came upon the patrol in the intersection, she allegedly sped up and hit the vehicle twice. The pursuit came to an end after stop sticks were deployed and the woman struck a fire hydrant.

Just over four hours later, the same deputy was involved in an accident -- in the same intersection. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and trying to determine who did not stop at the red light. The other vehicle in the crash, a Volkswagen, was driven by a 73-year-old man who is an Uber driver. He had a passenger, a 28-year-old man who was coming home from a holiday party.

The left side of the Volkswagen was hit by the front of the patrol vehicle. The Uber driver suffered serious injuries, as did the 28-year-old man. Both were taken to local hospitals. The younger man passed away from his injuries later that morning at an Orlando medical center. The deputy and his passenger were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The younger man's mother wants to know why her son died. She said he did the right thing and called for a cab home. She also stated that if the impact of the accident was not so severe, her son might had lived.

Losing a loved one in a car accident due to the negligence of someone else is tragic and no amount of money can bring him or her back. However, seeking compensation can help you get some closure and being to move forward with your life again.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Man killed after crash between Uber car, Seminole cruiser," Elyssa Cherney, Dec. 14, 2015

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