Florida deputy struck and killed by vehicle, Massachusetts woman charged with DUI manslaughter
November 24, 2022 at 01:07
A Massachusetts woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a Florida sheriff's deputy who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night, days after celebrating his 23rd birthday.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Taylor was in the middle of conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 75 near the Duncan Road exit when he was fatally hit by a speeding vehicle.
He was taken to a hospital where he died, Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said.
LOS ANGELES DETECTIVE CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY PURCHASING GUN SILENCER FROM CHINA"He just celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday," Prummell noted.
"Losing a deputy, a member of our family, is unspeakably difficult for the (sheriff's) office.
The passing of such a promising and kind young man is a tremendous loss for Charlotte County and all the world."
Prummell said Taylor joined the sheriff's office in August 2021, and was officially sworn in back in February.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Taylor was identified as 30-year-old Cassandra Smith of Lakeville, Massachusetts.
It was her second DUI arrest and she had just completed her probation in August, Prummell said.
She then crashed into the rear of Taylor's parked patrol vehicle, Fox Tampa reported.
A third vehicle, a Honda, was parked in front of Taylor's vehicle.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSmith called 911 after the crash and was taken into custody by troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol.