A young Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy lost control of his cruiser and crashed in a ditch off U.S. 1, just south of Palm Coast Parkway about 75 yards south of Palm Coast Parkway, Saturday evening, August 13, around 8 p.m.
The 20-year-old deputy was not hurt and was seen at the scene talking to other deputies. The Sheriff’s office, along with the Florida Highway Patrol, is investigating the accident. Flagler Live reports an FHP trooper was taking measurements of the accident scene.
The deputy was off duty at the time of the crash and his was the only vehicle involved. The paper reports that from the marks in the road it appeared the deputy failed to negotiate a curve in the road and the Crown Victoria flew into the ditch in a straight line before hitting a tree on the driver’s side. The young deputy was hired in January 2011. The news story does not say if he will remain on the job while an investigation of the car accident takes place.
In Florida many want to criticize older drivers for causing accidents, but according to federal statistics, the risk of a crash for a 16-to-19-year-old driver is about four times the risk for older drivers. In Florida in 2006, the state reports that 20-24 year-old drivers had the highest number of motor vehicle deaths at 4,577. Deaths have been on the decline since then but that age group consistently represents the highest number of car crashes, while drivers age 70 and older represent the age group with the fewest number of crashes.
Regardless of who was behind the wheel, fortunately, there were no serious injuries that resulted from this Florida car accident.