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11:40 a.m. UPDATE
The man driving the van has been identified as Eduardo Luis Pacheco, 64, of Palm Coast.
9:30 a.m. UPDATE:
The name of the deputy is Christopher Lee Crego. He has head and facial injuries and was transported to Halifax Hospital. The name of the passenger of the white van who died is not being released yet, pending notification of next of kin.
9:20 a.m. UPDATE:
Interview with Dylan Bryan, public information officer with the Florida Highway Patrol:
A Flagler County Sheriff's deputy was responding to an emergency call westbound on State Road 100. At that point, he was approaching the intersection here at West Black. The vehicle that was in front of him, which is the white van that's currently on the scene, began to yield to the emergency vehicle or had stopped in the roadway for that emergency vehicle.
At that point, the deputy's car struck the back end of the van, causing the van to overturn into the shoulder. The deputy came to rest in the shoulder as well. A school bus was traveling eastbound on 100, and was approaching the same intersection at the time of the collision. Immediately after the collision, debris struck the school bus.
The school bus has three people on board: the driver, the aide and one student. They were going to Indian Trails Middle School. The student is 15 years of age. No injuries.
The deputy was transported to Halifax Hospital with head and facial injuries.
The driver of the white van sustained fatal injuries and is still on the scene.
Law enforcement will probably be on the scene for another hour and a half (until about 10:45 a.m.).
9:11 a.m. UPDATE:
We reported earlier that a Bunnell Police Department car was being towed. That is true, but it was a coincidence. The police car was not involved in this crash.
9:09 a.m. UPDATE:
The deputy was responding to another crash. The deputy's name is not being released yet, according to Andrew O'Brien.
9:07 a.m. UPDATE:
It was confirmed that it was a deputy from the Sheriff's Office involved in the crash.
A deputy with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office was involved in a crash this morning. A person in the opposing vehicle was killed. The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.
The opposing vehicle was a "full-size work van."
Andrew O'Brien is on the scene and we will provide updates as they come. He is being routed on a dirt road called Black Point Road, off State Road 100 West.
— Andrew O'Brien contributed to this report.
Currently 9 Responses
- I know one thing that would be helpful- if drivers would drive in the correct lane- the right lane. The left lane is the passing lane- if you are not passing someone then you should be in the right lane. If drivers would learn the laws it would go a long way to keeping everyone safer and traffic flowing smoothly.
- This says that a passenger in the van died. I know the driver died but was there also a passenger.
- I was stopped at the scene and told the officer was doing 120 miles an hour. Also that 2 patrol cars were traveling side by side on that curves stretch of road. Now who was he serving or protecting?
- The Deputy involved is a good man. He served his country in the armed forces and was injured in Iraq. Came to florida to continue to serve people by becoming a police officer. The media and certain people are just heartless. I pray for both the man who passed family and also the police officer and his family.
- Whatever happened to compassion? All you people is complain. Police officers protect and serve and the reason they have lights and sirens is to hurry to save all you sorry asses. Whatever happened to respect of people that risk their lives to serve and protect you all everyday and that is exactly what he was going to do before this unfortunate accident happened. Were you there when the accident occurred? There is a reason they are called them “Accidents” and that if it could have been avoided it would have been. A few other instances of seeing a deputy speeding does not apply here so please have some compassion when it is needed. Didn’t your parents teach you people anything. My mom always said! Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. Prayers need to go out to the family and loved ones of the man that passed and also to the deputy that was injured and his family.
- If they are on a call, of course they are going to speed. If someone stops in the road in front of them, or doesn't leave enough room to pass with a school bus approaching from the opposite direction, where are they supposed to go?.. The van should have gone ahead till it found a safe place to pull off..Don't judge till you've read the whole thing.
On the other hand, how loud do people yell when the deputy doesn't show up within the time frame that is expected by that person? You can't have it both ways..
- Cops drive like idiots around here. They go upwards of at least 90 miles hour on 100. I know I tried to catch up to one who had just passed me I was up to 88 and he was still way off. They fly back and forth on bell terre. They r idiots and cause more problems than help. They cause more because they r bored so they harass
- The police are racing to help people. The morons are everyone else. The speed limit on Colbert is 45 until you pass the south entrance of Grand Haven, then it becomes 55. NOBODY does 45, or even 55. Unfortunately, it's a secondary speedway all the way to Rt. 100, where the actual speed of 70+ mph begins. If you abide by the speed limits you MUST drive in the right-hand lane or they'll sit on your rear bumper until you either speed up or pull off the road, which I've had to do many times on my way to work. Florida roads, expecially I-95 are highways to death and I stay off them as much as possible. Where is everyone going in such a hurry anyway? Those people who do 80-95mph on I-95 will get to their destination MAYBE 3 minutes later than those doing the speed limit. I am in no hurry to die and will do the prescribed speed limit. Hopefully, none of you idiots will crash into me and kill us both.
- These cops drive like Morons around here, The other night I found a State trooper in a SUV doing 65mph down Belle Terre and he went of the road into the grass quite a few times, Thats why from now on I always have a recording device set up in my car!!
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