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Florida Officer Killed In Fiery Crash

Discussion in 'Line of Duty Death News' started by Inspector, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Inspector

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    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A Hollywood police officer was killed in fiery crash Saturday night after conducting a routine traffic stop.The crash happened on the 7000 block of Sheridan Street.According to Police Chief Chadwick E. Wagner, the police officer was involved in some sort of crash and slammed into a tre.
    "The fire was going up to the top of the tree and stuff," said Luis Garcia who saw the accident. "It looked like the gentleman was still in the car. The only car on scene was a charger, it had just pulled up and the cop was running towards it, but there wasn't much he could do. The car was covered in flames already."A taxi driver and several other witnesses were questioned at the scene.Hollywood Police have not released the name of the officer who was killed but have said he was a nine year veteran who leaves a family behind."He was a very good officer, very energetic person, always positive and a young bright officer," said Wagner. "Its going to be a tragic loss for the city of Hollywood. Very tragic." LOCAL 10

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    HOLLYWOOD - Police today released the name of the officer killed in a fiery wreck. He is Officer Alex Del Rio, 31, Hollywood police spokesman Lt. Manny Marino said in a news release.

    Del Rio, a 9-year-veteran of the department, was assigned to traffic enforcement. He may have been trying to stop a vehicle speeding in the eastbound lanes of Sheridan Street when he lost control of the patrol car and struck a tree in the 7000 block about 8:42 p.m., Marino said.

    The patrol car erupted in flames and, despite the efforts of two officers, Del Rio could not be freed before he died, police and witnesses said. There were no other injuries, police said.

    Police blocked off much of the area and said they were interviewing one taxi driver who may have been involved in the collision as well as several other witnesses. Officials would not give further details of the crash, and would not say if they were considering charges.

    Officer DelRio was "extremely liked," Police Chief Chadwick Wagner said. "He was very energetic, always positive."

    On Saturday night Del Rio was assigned to work traffic enforcement, focusing on red-light runners and speeders. His last communication with the city dispatch center was at 8:40 p.m., when he reported he had just completed a traffic stop in the 7800 block of Sheridan Street. Two minutes later, police received several 911 calls reporting the crash.

    Susana Oliva, 31, was among a group of residents who called 911 and rushed to help Del Rio before officers and paramedics arrived. She and her husband grabbed a household fire extinguisher to fight the flames, as other neighbors brought a garden hose and a cement pole in a mad scramble to try to save Del Rio.

    "My heart goes out to the family," Oliva said. "It's the most awful thing I've ever seen in my life."


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