Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard


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A nine-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol and a tow-truck driver were killed in a crash Saturday on Interstate 75 near Ocala.

Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard, 30, stopped near mile marker 341 on southbound I-75 at 1:40 p.m. after two cars crashed in the area. Both cars were pulled off the highway onto the shoulder.

About 20 minutes later, as Richard was talking with the tow-truck driver, John Duggan, 57, of Levy County, another multi-vehicle crash happened in the same area.

After a seven-vehicle pileup, the driver of a southbound pickup traveled onto the east shoulder where the trooper stood with Duggan and a third man, George Robert Phillip, 52, of Ocala.

The pickup struck Richard, Duggan and Phillip. Both Richard, an Ocala resident who had a 4-year-old son, and Duggan were killed at the scene. Phillip remained in critical condition at Ocala Regional Hospital late Saturday

Trooper Richard was a nine-year veteran with FHP and had been with the Ocala District Office for about a year.

FHP trooper, tow-truck driver killed in I-75 crash near Ocala - Orlando Sentinel

Credit: orlandosentinel.com

FHP: Trooper, tow truck driver killed at crash scene on I-75 near Ocala | Gainesville.com

Credit: gainesville.com
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RIP Sister! :(

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