Pedestrian hit by two vehicles; killed on US 1 in Nassau County


CALLAHAN, Fla. –

The Florida Highway Patrol says an unknown pedestrian died after two vehicles struck the person who was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 Saturday night in Nassau County.

Deputies say it happened at 10 p.m. on U.S. 1 at Holiday Drive between Callahan and Hilliard. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The first vehicle, a 2011 Ford F-150, was driven by 21-year-old Cody Godwin of Callahan. His passenger, 19-year-old Emily Broughton of Callahan sustained minor injuries.

FHP says the truck sustained $15,000 in damage.

The second vehicle to hit the pedestrian was a 2011 Honda CRV. It sustained no damage, and neither the driver or passenger were injured.

FHP says alcohol was not a factor in this crash, and everyone in both vehicles was wearing a seat belt.

Pedestrian killed in crash in Nassau County

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PHYSICAL EVIDENCE SO SOME RELATIVES OF PASSENGERS ARE HOLDING OUT HOPE. AN INTENSE CASE OF ROAD RAGE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA GOING VIRAL AND THIS TWO-MINUTE VIDEO WAS RECORDED BY A WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE WAS DRIVING ALONG U.S. 1 EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE WOMAN SAID SHE USED HER PHONE TO RECORD A MAN WHO WAS DRIVING A PICKUP AND TAILGATING HER. SHE WAS IN THE FAST LANE DOING A LITTLE MORE THAN 55 IN A 50-MILE-AN-HOUR ZONE. EVENTUALLY HE MOVED INTO THE RIGHT LANE, MOVES TO PASS HER BUT THEN DROPS BACK, GIVING HER THE MIDDLE FINGER. WATCH AS HE SPEEDS UP AGAIN AND CUTS IN FRONT OF HER. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET, ALL ON VIDEO, BUDDY. DESPITE THE LAUGHTER, THE WOMAN PULLED OVER AND CALLED 911. THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP DROVE OFF FROM THE SCENE. BUT WAS LATER ARRESTED AT HIS HOME IN TAMPA. HE IS CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE

Katherine Bronken Dies After Plane Piloted By Father Crashes In Florida


One of two teen girls injured in a small plane crash in Florida on Saturday died Wednesday afternoon.

Katherine Bronken, 15, was the daughter of pilot Jeffrey Bronken, whose single-engine plane crashed into a six-lane road near Clearwater Airport over the weekend. The girl’s father was killed in the crash. Bronken’s friend, Keyana Linbo, 15, remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Bronken’s plane “nose-dived through power lines” before crashing head first into the median of a six-lane road, WTSP reports.

The pilot reported fuel-related issues to air traffic controllers around 4 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

“The power went out immediately at 4 a.m. Immediately after the power went out, I’d say that within 10 seconds I heard multiple sirens,” witness Brian Reitmeyer said, according to WLS.

The pilot, a Chicago-area resident, was flying his daughter and her friend from a Lake County, Ill., airport to Florida for spring break.

WTSP reports:

Katherine posted on her Twitter Friday night, “Just landed in Nashville.” And on Thursday night, Keyana posted, “T-minus 24 hours = paradise.”

“It’s a shock,” said Ken Hoxie, a longtime family friend, according to CBS Chicago. “It’s a shame. It’s a fantastic family. You don’t understand sometimes why these things happen, all we can do is pray.”

Sadly, this is not the first time the Bronken family has faced tragedy. An older daughter, Christine Bronken was killed in a snowmobile crash in 2009, according to CBS News.

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Secret Service agents in Florida for Obama visit had traffic accident

A burgeoning new scandal over drunkenness or tawdry behavior among Secret Service officers traveling with President Barack Obama prompted intense scrutiny of a traffic accident in the Florida Keys earlier this month involving two of the agency’s men.

The Secret Service agents, both counter-sniper officers, wrecked their rental car after pulling it out of a grocery store parking lot in Islamorada into the path of a fully loaded Publix grocery truck around 2 a.m. on March 7, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report of the incident.

A highway patrol officer suspected booze was involved because the trooper detected “a slight odor of alcohol” on the agent driving the car, according to the report. But after “no detection of impairment was observed” during a sobriety test, the trooper decided not to give him a breathalyzer or blood test, just a ticket for failure to yield the right of way. The accident report does not say whether the Secret Service agents identified themselves as such to the trooper.

The wreck occurred about 12 hours before President Obama arrived in South Florida for a speech at Miami’s Coral Reef Senior High School and a visit to the Ocean Reef Yacht Club in Key Largo, about 35 miles north of the site of the accident.

News of the accident — and the tension it triggered inside the Secret Service, still unsettled after a series of 2012 incidents with prostitutes and booze in Cartagena, Colombia, triggered the removal of 10 agents — didn’t leak out at the time.

But it emerged Thursday in a Washington Post story in the wake of disclosures that three Secret Service agents were yanked home from a presidential trip to the Netherlands last weekend after one of them was found passed out in a hotel hallway after a night of hard drinking.

The new reports of Secret Service misadventures have triggered growing concern among congressional verseers of the agency, particularly because they come after a “no tolerance” policy on partying was declared by Secret Service director Julia Pierson.

“The most recent incident with the Secret Service shows that the agency has to deal with some in its ranks who fail to respect the important job the agency is tasked with,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I appreciate the swift action by Director Pierson, but it looks like she’s still got work to do to regain the trust of the American people.”

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said he was “troubled by the recent news reports regarding the behavior of a few Secret Service agents” and has “requested more information.”

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary declined comment on details of the incident in Amsterdam, except to say that “three employees were sent home for disciplinary reasons.” Of the Islamorada crash, he said that two “U.S. Secret Service personnel” were involved.

“They were not on duty at the time,” he said. “Out of an abundance of caution, they were returned home to [Washington] D.C. because of contact with police, pending police and traffic investigations.”

The highway patrol report identifies the two agents as Matthew Kyle Reyes, 27, of Woodbridge, Va., who was driving, and Kevin Sedlak, 51, of Elkridge, Maryland. The Publix driver was Nicolas Quintana Llarena of Miami. None could be reached for comment.

The accident occurred as the Secret Service agents’ vehicle, a Dodge Caravan rented from the Avis Budget Group, attempted to pull across U.S. 1 from the Trading Post, a trendy boutique grocery, to the chic Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada around 2 a.m. The agents did not have their lights on.

The truck was traveling about 35 miles an hour, setting off the airbags in the agents’ vehicle, according to the report, and damaged the car so badly it had to be towed away the next morning. The Florida Highway Patrol estimated damage of at least $10,000.

Elizabeth Jacocks, owner of the grocery store, said the agents told her employees that they were buying supplies for a fishing trip.

A federal law enforcement official who declined to speak for the record said that a Secret Service investigation concluded that the agents did not violate an agency rule barring alcohol consumption in the 10 hours before a work shift.

Controversy over drinking among Secret Service agents is hardly new. One of the little remembered findings of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy, was that nine agents on the president’s security detail had been up late partying. (Among them: Clint Hill, the agent who famously leapt atop Kennedy’s limo to push his wife Jacqueline back into the car after she crawled out onto the trunk following the assassin’s shots.)

But over the past two years there has been a steady drumbeat of complaints about rowdy Secret Service misbehavior:

In April 2012, a prostitute’s noisy demands that an agent had failed to pay an agreed-upon $800 fee for her services during an Obama visit to Colombia touched off the investigation that resulted in 10 men leaving the Secret Service.

Six months later, Miami cops charged a Secret Service agent accompanying a presidential visit with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest after they found him collapsed at a busy Brickell intersection,

Last November, two agents were booted from Obama’s detail after one of them was caught trying to sneak into a woman’s hotel room where he had left a bullet from his gun — a discovery that also led to the finding of unsavory sexual emails to a female subordinate.

Pierson, appointed chief of the Secret Service about a year ago, has taken a tough stance toward misconduct, especially among the agency’s 3,300 field agents. Supposedly it’s working — a 144-page report by the Department of Homeland Security, which examined whether the presidential protection agency has systemic or cultural problems, said its inspector general “did not find evidence that misconduct is widespread” in the Secret Service.

“Furthermore, we did not find any evidence that [Secret Service] leadership has fostered an environment that tolerates inappropriate behavior,” the report said.

However, nearly a thousand of the 2,575 Secret Service employees who were surveyed for the report said they did not believe a statement that the agency’s management does not tolerate misconduct.

Crash blocks US 1 in both directions

A traffic crash on the Snake Creek Bridge in Islamorada late Tuesday afternoon resulted in U.S. 1 being blocked in both directions, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The crash happened at 4:50 p.m. on the Snake Creek Bridge, mile marker 86. Alternating traffic started flowing around 6:50 p.m. but full traffic flow wasn’t restored until around 9 p.m.

Here’s what happened, according to the FHP:

A 2007 Lexus driven by Ariel Inclan, 30, of Virginia was southbound on U.S. 1 approaching the bridge at the same time a 2011 Kia sport utility vehicle driven by Amy Hoffman, 30, just crossed the top of the bridge northbound. Inclan crossed the center line at the base of the north side of the bridge and hit Hoffman’s Kia head-on.

With Hoffman were 13-year-old and 2-year-old girls. The Sheriff’s Office TraumaStar air ambulance airlifted the 13-year-old to Miami Children’s Hospital while the 2-year-old, Inclan and Hoffman were taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. Tuesday night, the 13-year-old was reported to be in stable condition.

“Alcohol may be involved,” the FHP reported, saying charges are pending further investigation.

FHP still investigating Friday’s 6-car accident in Martin County


No serious injuries were reported in Friday’s six-car accident on U.S. 1 near Goldenrod Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crashes happened about 9:30 p.m. when Avinash Rampersad, 25, of Port St. Lucie, was traveling at a high rate of speed south on U.S. 1, troopers said. He rear-ended a Ford Crown Victoria, which was forced into the northbound lanes, struck a Honda and caused other collisions.

Troopers said they still were investigating the crash Saturday and trying to determine who was the driver of the Crown Victoria.

3 badly hurt after being struck by vehicle near Iron Horse – Daytona Beach News

The 11:30 p.m. Wednesday crash north of Airport Road near Ormond Beach critically injured Sherry Ann Pyle, 44, of Palm Coast and seriously injured Dale Cicero, 52, also of Palm Coast. A third person, Daniel Reilley, 61, whose town of residence was not listed in state troopers’ reports, also suffered serious injuries, investigating troopers said.

All three remained in the Halifax Health Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, officials said.

Eunice Cich, 52, of Toronto, Ohio, was arrested and charged with DUI. The Ohio woman has not been charged with hitting the pedestrians as the crash remains under investigation, said Sgt. Kim Montes, FHP spokeswoman.

Cich was driving south on U.S. 1 in her Honda pickup when she hit Pyle, Cicero and Reilley, who walked directly in front of the Cich’s pickup while crossing in a median break, Montes said.

There is no marked pedestrian crossing near the business or at the intersection but the owners of the saloon set up a temporary designated crossing area in front of the business to allow patrons to cross U.S. 1, Montes said.

The crosswalk was requested by the Iron Horse several years ago due to increased pedestrian traffic during the events and the deputies are paid for by the Iron Horse, said sheriff’s spokesman Brandon Haught.

Volusia County traffic engineering does all posting and provides signs, cones and barricades. The lights are provided by the Sheriff’s Office to protect the pedestrians and deputies working the detail. The patrol cars of the deputies working the detail keep their blue lights on during the entire detail for added warning, Haught said.

“I think they’re doing the best they can,” Bike Week visitor Greg Thompson, 48, said Thursday of law enforcement’s traffic safety efforts. “(Having designated crosswalks) is a huge asset, especially with these events.”

The three pedestrians, who were all struck by the front of Cich’s pickup, were not in the designated crossing area set up with lights and traffic cones where Volusia deputies are stationed, Montes said.

“We have not determined who is at fault in this crash but she (Cich) was arrested for DUI because she was impaired,” Montes said.

Investigating troopers had blood drawn from Cich at the scene of the crash. While at the Volusia County Branch Jail, Cich performed a breath test at 3 a.m. and her blood alcohol level was 0.104, Montes said. State law considers drivers impaired at 0.08 and above.

“That .104 is several hours after the crash so were are expecting her blood alcohol level to be higher when the blood test results come in,” Montes said.

Montes said she did not immediately know if Cich was at the Iron Horse or whether she is in town for Bike Week events or just a visitor to the area.

Biker accident injures Keystone Heights man

BUNNELL, Fla. – A weekend motorcycle accident in Flagler County resulted in serious injury for a Keystone Heights man.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on March 8 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Old South Dixie Highway.

According to the incident report, Robert M. Snider, 72, of Cape Coral, Fla. was driving a 2003 Harley-Davidson Softail when he stopped at the intersection of U.S. 1. When Snider pulled out of the intersection to turn to turn left onto southbound U.S. 1, his bike collided with a 2009 Harley-Davidson Glider driven by Erick B. Piskator, 61, of Keystone Heights.

Investigators said Piskator’s bike collided into the left side of Snider’s bike.

Snider received minor injuries in the crash, while Piskator was last listed in serious condition at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Piskator’s wife, Alice A. Piskator, 56, was not injured in the accident.

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