The Florida Highway Patrol has released dramatic video of a crash involving a driver who slammed into the back of a trooper’s patrol car while he was pulled over on the side of the road.
Trooper Richard Verbiest stopped his Chevrolet SUV with emergency lights activated behind a disabled motorist on the inside paved shoulder of southbound I-75 at mile marker 134 in Lee County.
Moments later, a 2012 Mazda, driven by Fernando Xavier Espinoza, 35 of Fort Myers, was traveling southbound on I-75 when he swerved his car to avoid slowing traffic. He struck the guardrail and the back end of the stopped FHP vehicle, and then his engine caught on fire.
Espinoza was seriously hurt. Trooper Verbiest suffered a minor injury but was able to get out of his damaged SUV and pull Espinoza from the burning Mazda.