News: Man killed in crash while trying to flee Citrus County traffic stop


CITRUS COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a man trying to evade law enforcement authorities was killed in a crash in Citrus County early Saturday morning.

According to WKMG, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on the driver of a Jeep Cherokee who was headed west on State Road 44 through Inverness sometime before 1:30 a.m.  The FHP said the man drove away at a high rate of speed.

After deputies deployed stop sticks on County Road 491, the driver of the Jeep drove over the sticks, continued on and crossed the median of SR-44 near W Crystal Oaks Drive.  The vehicle then hit a light post and a concrete wall before catching fire.

The driver, a 41-year-old man from Mount Dora, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not believed to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

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