TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Troopers have identified the man who died in a Taylor County car accident as a deputy at the county's Sheriff's Office.
The Florida Highway Patrol said that around 7 a.m. on Monday, Deputy Michael Scott Williams was traveling north on U.S. Highway 19 behind a semi truck driven by 54-year-old Michael Upshaw.
They said that Williams hit the back of the semi's trailer. After hitting it, his car went across the median and both southbound lanes before coming to a stop on the highway's west shoulder.
Troopers said that while Upshaw didn't suffer any injuries, Williams was transported to Doctor's Memorial Hospital where he later died.
The Perry Police Department expressed their heartbreak over the loss in a Facebook post on Monday saying:
The men and women of the Perry Police Department are deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic passing of Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Williams.
Deputy Williams' will be deeply missed, he has left a legacy in his wake. In his short time serving the citizens of Taylor County he made an impression on everyone he came into contact with. He will be remembered as a positive influence by many!
They said that they are continuing to investigate with charges pending.