Charlotte County deputy killed in DUI crash while conducting a traffic stop, deputies say

She collided with the rear of the deputy’s unoccupied SUV, which caused a…

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A 23-year-old Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a traffic stop Tuesday night when a DUI driver crashed into him and the driver he pulled over, sheriff’s officials said. 

The deputy had emergency equipment activated and was standing with the 29-year-old man who was pulled over outside his Honda at 8:45 p.m. on the shoulder of the road northbound on Interstate 75.

Cassandra Smith, 30, was driving a Jeep, traveling north on I-75, south of US-17. She lost control of the car and veered from the left lane. She crossed the center/right lanes, driving onto the northbound paved shoulder.

The driver collided with the rear of the deputy’s unoccupied Sheriff’s Office SUV, which caused a secondary collision with the pulled-over driver, the deputy, and the Honda, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

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The deputy was transported to an area hospital and was later pronounced dead, and the pulled-over driver was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The passenger that was with him didn’t sustain any injuries. 

“Sheriff Prummell confirms heartbreaking news about the loss of one of our deputies after being fatally struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-75,” sheriff officials said on Twitter. “Please pray for the family, friends, and all his law enforcement family who stand behind him.”

Smith had no injuries. She was arrested for DUI manslaughter and booked into the Charlotte County Jail. 

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