LONGWOOD, Fla. — A Longwood police sergeant who headed the department's criminal-investigations division died Saturday when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 4, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Officer Karl Strohsal was on his way home from work when his unmarked patrol car had struck a guardrail a half-mile east of Saxon Boulevard in Volusia County and was disabled in the center lane of I-4, according to the FHP.
Strohsal, 58, turned on his flashing blue lights, got out of the car and was standing in front of it when he saw an eastbound Pontiac Vibe coming toward him, an FHP report says. Strohsal tried to run across the highway to the inside shoulder, but the SUV changed into the left lane, apparently to avoid the stalled car, and struck Strohsal.
The SUV driver was identified as Dayne Love, 21, of New Jersey. He was not injured. An investigation is continuing.
Strohsal began his law-enforcement career in 1974 in New York City and joined the Longwood department in 1989. In 1987, he was named Longwood's officer of the year.