News: 2 dead after fleeing driver crashes into utility pole in Waldo


WALDO, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a driver trying to elude law enforcement authorities was involved in a fatal crash in Alachua County early Saturday morning.

The Gainesville Sun reports the incident began when the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office requested the FHP’s help in pursuing a Honda CRV recently stolen from Alachua County.

State troopers said some of the vehicle’s occupants appeared to be wearing ski masks, and that the Honda exited U.S. 301 onto State Road 24 in the Waldo area.

According to the FHP, a trooper intentionally made contact with the Honda, causing it to decelerate.  The trooper then performed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver to stop the vehicle.  The Honda rolled over and hit a cement pole near Cole Street shortly after 1 a.m.

Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville.  All four were men who appeared to be in their 20s.

Authorities have launched a joint criminal investigation into the incident.

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