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July 16, 2007

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Fla. officer killed in car crash

Officer Down: Sergeant Karl Strohsal - [Longwood, Florida]


Biographical Info

Age: 58
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Additional Information:
 Sergeant Strohsal had served with the Longwood Police Department for 18 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and grandchildren.

Incident Details:  Sergeant Karl Strohsal was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle on I-4, in Volusia County.

Sergeant Strohsal's unmarked vehicle had been involved in an accident and became disabled in the center lane. He had activated his emergency lights, exited the vehicle, and was standing in front of it when he observed an SUV approaching at a high rate of speed.

As Sergeant Strohsal attempted to run across the inside lane to the shoulder, the driver changed lanes at the last moment to avoid striking the patrol car, but struck Sergeant Strohsal instead.

End of Watch: Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fla. officer killed in car crash 

By Susan Jacobson
The Orlando Sentinel 

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.

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