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FHP sergeant struck, killed while investigating an accident

Sgt. William Trampass Bishop, a 30-year veteran with the agency, was struck while outside his patrol vehicle

Duty Death: William Trampass Bishop - [Alachua County, Florida]

End of Service: 06/17/2017


The Gainesville Sun

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was struck and killed on Interstate 75 in Alachua County Saturday evening.

Master Sgt. William Trampass Bishop, a 30-year veteran with the agency, was struck while outside his patrol vehicle, according to an FHP news release. He was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash occurred at 6:36 p.m. on I-75 southbound at mile marker 403 near the High Springs exit.

"We all have a heavy heart. Every time we go out there we know this can happen, but we're never prepared for it," said FHP regional commander Chief Mark Brown during a news conference Saturday night.

"Anybody that has ever been near Trampass knows that he's an amazing man and he's dedicated his life to service and he's going to be sorely missed. He's a wonderful man and he's a dedicated public servant."

Bishop was at the scene of a previous crash involving a Chevy Malibu driven by Steven D. Catanach, 22, of Miami, according to an FHP media release. That car was parked in the inside emergency lane.

At that time, a second crash occurred in the center lane. A 2016 Ford Fusion, driven by Michael T. Korta, 46, of Tampa, was behind a 2007 Cadillac STS when the two collided. The driver of the Cadillac — John C. Sams, 67, of Lady Lake — had minor injuries.

Sgt. Bishop was struck during the secondary collision.

"Every member at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is grieving with Sgt. Bishop's family during this horrific time," said the department Director Terry L. Rhodes and FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding in a prepared statement.

"We appreciate all of the support FHP has received and continues to receive. Please keep Sergeant Bishop's wife and son and all members of the Florida Highway Patrol in your thoughts and prayers."

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©2017 The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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