Passenger was injured minorly, according to FHP

File photograph  of Columbia County Sheriff's Office SUV

File photograph of Columbia County Sheriff's Office SUV (Courtesy of Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 40-year-old Lake City antheral died arsenic helium was fleeing the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office connected U.S. Highway 90 Wednesday night, a Florida Highway Patrol clang study shows.

Authorities said the 40-year-old was driving a sedan connected the road adjacent NW Eadie Street astir 11:40 p.m. erstwhile helium failed to negociate a curve and mislaid power of the vehicle, flipping respective times and catching fire.

He was ejected from the conveyance during the clang and was rushed to Lake City Medical Center, wherever helium died from his injuries, according to troopers.

In a statement, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said:

“This incidental highlights the value of complying with instrumentality enforcement. This calamity could person been prevented if the fishy would person simply cooperated with our deputy. We are grateful nary different citizens were injured by this suspect’s reckless actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the suspect’s family.”


According to a quality merchandise from the Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began arsenic a effect of a postulation violation.

A rider successful the vehicle, a 34-year-old Lake City man, was injured but was not taken to the hospital, according to FHP. The clang study shows the rider was wearing a spot belt.

The clang is inactive nether investigation, but further accusation is expected successful the coming weeks.

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