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The Florida MP who was killed in an accident had just turned 23

A Florida deputy killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 had just celebrated his 23rd birthday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said. MPs said MP Christopher Taylor was fatally shot by 30-year-old Cassandra Smith after she lost control of her jeep and swerved across three lanes and struck Taylor’s squad car, which hit him. The sheriff’s office said Good Samaritans and deputies tried to save Taylor’s life, but he later died in a hospital. Smith was taken into custody by the Florida Highway Patrol and taken to the Charlotte County Jail for DUI manslaughter, deputies said. According to the sheriff’s office, Taylor joined the agency in August 2021 and was sworn in on February 14. He is survived by his parents and fiancé. “In just under a year of service to Charlotte County, Chris exemplified the core values ​​of the CCSO; Integrity, professionalism and trust. Chris celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday. Losing a deputy is incredibly difficult for the agency, but the death of such a promising and kind young man is a tremendous loss to the world,” said Sheriff Bill Prummell. The Florida Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the accident. “Please keep Deputy Taylor’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our brother. His kindness, dedication and service to his community will never be forgotten,” the sheriff’s office said.

A Florida deputy killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 had just celebrated his 23rd birthday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said.

MPs said Deputy Christopher Taylor was fatally hit by Cassandra Smith, 30, after she lost control of her Jeep and swerved across three lanes, hitting Taylor’s squad car, which struck him.

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The sheriff’s office said Good Samaritans and deputies tried to save Taylor’s life, but he later died in a hospital.

Smith was taken into custody by the Florida Highway Patrol and sent to the Charlotte County Jail on manslaughter charges for DUI, deputies said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Taylor joined the agency in August 2021 and was sworn in on February 14. He is survived by his parents and fiancé.

“In just under a year of service to Charlotte County, Chris exemplified the core values ​​of the CCSO; Integrity, professionalism and trust. Chris celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday. The loss of a deputy is incredibly difficult for the agency, but the death of such a promising and kind young man is a tremendous loss to the world,” said Sheriff Bill Prummell.

The Florida Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the accident.

“Please keep Deputy Taylor’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our brother. His kindness, dedication and service to his community will never be forgotten,” the sheriff’s office said.

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