Trooper Chelsea Richard Florida Highway Patrol, Florida End of Watch: Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Trooper Chelsea Richard

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 1087

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: May 3, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Colonel David H. Brierton, Jr.
Florida Highway Patrol
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 617-2301

Trooper Chelsea Richard was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating an accident on I-75, near mile marker 341, at approximately 2:00 pm.
The vehicles involved in the accident had been moved to the shoulder. She was speaking with a tow truck driver and one of the occupants when another accident occurred at the same location. A pickup truck pulling a trailer left the roadway and struck all three, killing Trooper Richard and the tow truck driver. The third pedestrian suffered critical injuries.
Trooper Richard had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for nine years. She was survived by her 4-year-old son, parents, and grandparents.

OCALA, Fla. — A 30-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a tow truck driver were killed Saturday while they were both working a traffic crash on Interstate 75 in Ocala, authorities said.

Troopers said just after 2 p.m., FHP trooper Chelsea Richard was finishing up a two-car crash investigation on I-75 southbound at mile marker 341.

According to reports, the cars involved in the crash were off to the shoulder of the road, and as the trooper was talking with the tow truck driver, John Duggan, a pickup truck traveled onto the east shoulder on the southbound lanes of I-75.

Troopers said the pickup struck the FHP patrol car, Richard, Duggan, and a pedestrian, Robert Phillips, as they stood on the shoulder of the road.

Richard and Duggan died at the scene, according to authorities.

Phillips was transported in critical condition to Ocala Regional Hospital.

“Trooper Richard and Mr. Duggan died on the scene. Mr. Phillips was transported in critical condition to Ocala hospital where he remains,” said FHP director Col. David Brierton.

A total of seven vehicles were involved in the crash, troopers said.

The northbound lanes of I-75 are open, but some of the southbound lanes were blocked for nearly eight hours, creating heavy delays.

Black bands covered the shields of troopers as they addressed the media following the accident.

“This is a tragic day for the state of Florida and for the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol,” Brierton saod. “We send our deepest condolences to the families of trooper Richard, Mr. John Duggan, Mr. George Phillips and everyone involved.”

Richard was a nine-year veteran of FHP.

She leaves behind a 4-year-old son, a father in New York, and a mother in Charlotte County.

The crash is still under investigation.

“Our investigators need to sit down and go step by step to figure out exactly what happened out there,” said Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace.  “This has been a very trying day. There’s a lot we need to look into. Right now we are focusing on the victim and their families.”

Troopers said they are looking into whether the driver of the pickup truck was impaired at the time of the crash.

No charges have been filed.


1 Response to “Trooper Chelsea Richard Florida Highway Patrol, Florida End of Watch: Saturday, May 3, 2014”

  1. 1 Monty Ticson May 4, 2014 at 15:13

    My wife and I were in the long line of traffic following the accident and closure of I-75 at Hwy 200. We went W on 200 to 429 E back to I-75 and got back on I-75 S. I figured it must have been bad with loss of life; but didn’t know until I checked stories on internet the next day, Sunday. It all adds up to a very sad day for all those involved. We usually stay in the middle lane doing 70-75 mph; I don’t have cruise control. Vehicles consistently pass us on both sides; no doubt some of them doing up to or surpassing 90 mph. I have driven utility trailers; one and two axles and an 18 wheeler. There is no excuse or rationalization for exceeding the speed limits. But the meat-heads and air-heads will continue to be on our highways; it is just a shame that their speeding costs lives; theirs and others!

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