Fla. trooper dies in crash

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers' patrol car "unexpectedly" drove into a truck

Duty Death: Tracy Vickers - [Orange County, Florida]

End of Service: 09/27/2019


Joe Mario Pedersen
Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers is dead after a vehicle accident Friday morning, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

“Very sad news this morning with the passing of an FHP Orlando trooper during a 408 accident. My heart goes out to the officer’s family and law enforcement family,” Demings said. “Please remember to travel safe.”

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers died Friday morning after his patrol vehicle collided with a truck. (Photo/Florida Highway Patrol)
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers died Friday morning after his patrol vehicle collided with a truck. (Photo/Florida Highway Patrol)

The crash was reported at about 6:04 a.m., FHP said. A trooper unexpectedly drove into and underneath a truck containing construction equipment, said FHP’s Lt. Kim Montes.

It is unclear if anyone was inside the truck at the time of the collision.

Vickers, a U.S. Navy Veteran, served more than four years with FHP and had previously been assigned to patrol in Leesburg, the agency said in a release.

“The entire FLHSMV family and his FHP brothers and sisters are heartbroken today as we mourn the loss of Trooper Tracy Vickers,” FHP said in a statement. “Trooper Vickers was a leader within the patrol and his troop and served as a Field Training Officer, training and mentoring new troopers. He served Central Florida and the state for just over 4 years, selflessly protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors. Please keep his family in your prayers.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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