07/23/2008

Fla. man hit and killed by police cruiser

By Jim Schoettler
The Florida Times-Union

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 61-year-old man walking his dog died late Tuesday after being struck by a Jacksonville police car on its way to call of gunshots being fired, said the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lt. Bill Leeper said the accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on North Pearl Street near West 24th Street north of Springfield. Leeper said four patrol cars, with emergency lights and sirens activated, were responding to the shots-fired call. Leeper said the third vehicle, being driving by Officer Nicole McBroom, 32, struck the man as he was crossing the street with his dog.

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