Man Accused Of Killing A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Who Was Slain In The Line Of Duty

After a chase on Interstate 95 on Friday that resulted in the deaths of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a semi-truck driver, a suspect has been charged.

Man Accused Of Killing A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Who Was Slain In The Line Of Duty

Authorities said on Saturday that Michael Anthony Addison, 30, of Lauderdale by the Sea, had been taken into custody for his suspected role in the deaths of FHP Trooper Zachary Fink and the driver of the semi-truck, who passed away while Addison was evading them.

According to officials, after troopers attempted in vain to stop Addison for speeding, Fink went for the Kia driver.

When the suspect completed a U-turn and started travelling in the incorrect direction, Fink tried to do a U-turn to pursue the Kia. Fink sustained injuries from a semi-truck during the chase. In the collision, the truck driver and he both perished.

It is said that Addison fled the scene, but he later wrecked and left the Kia behind.

A news release from the FHP stated that Addison had been taken into the St. Lucie County Jail and was being held there without bond. Charges against him include aggravated fleeing to elude with significant injury or death, vehicular homicide, felony homicide, and driving without a licence that results in death or serious harm. The inquiry is still being conducted.

“We intend to hold the Defendant fully accountable for the lives he’s taken and the immeasurable pain he has caused,” FHP Executive Director Dave Kerner said in the release. “The Florida Highway Patrol, as well as the loved ones and friends of both Trooper Fink and the driver of the semi-truck, acknowledge that this is not the end of the loss suffered.”

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