While watching the news in the past week, I have seen multiple accidents reported where a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer was involved.
Channel 4 reports on a crash which occurred on Interstate 10 involving a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police cruiser and a minivan. The crash happened near U.S. Highway 301 and caused major delays this past Tuesday. Police said the minivan with four women inside and the JSO cruiser were heading west on I-10 when the minivan slowed down to avoid an accident ahead. Police said the officer didn’t see the van slow down and the cruiser rear-ended it. The van spun in the roadway and the patrol car left the road and went into a ditch. Two of the four women were taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital in Macclenny. The officer was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. A sergeant said the officer will be found at fault in the crash and the findings will be reviewed by the JSO Safety Review Board.
Channel 4 reported that this past Saturday, another accident occurred on the Southside of town which also involved a JSO cruiser. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a JSO cruiser rear-ended a woman’s car Saturday afternoon in the Sandalwood area. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. at Atlantic and Sutton Lakes Boulevards Police said the woman was taken to the hospital with possible injuries. The officer was not hurt. According to Channel 4, it is still unclear what caused the crash, but an investigation is underway.
All of us at Edwards & Ragatz hope that all of the injured individuals who were involved in these accidents get the proper attention and care that they need.
As always, stay safe and slow down.