Three people were killed in a fatal car accident, along with one in critical condition at the hospital on February 1st. The Florida Highway Patrol and Marion County Sheriff’s Office states on of the vehicles involved was a stolen sheriff’s office patrol vehicle.
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CNN News reports those involved in the fatal accident:
Marion County Sheriff’s department in Florida captured video of a woman they identified as Kendra Boone stealing a deputy’s patrol car.
20 WCJB ABC News has more on the crash:
Sheriff’s deputies say they were responding to a suspicious call about a woman attempting to steal car keys from someone at Forest Plaza around 2 P.M.
They also say Boone was on the scene when deputies arrived and jumped into the car through the passenger window after a deputy rolled it down and got out, leading to a 21-minute chase.
Deputies say the deadly crash happened Thursday afternoon on East Highway 40. Emergency crews shut down the highway between Forest Road 88 and Highway 19.
They also say the stolen cruiser crashed into a pickup truck head-on after driving erratically killing three people including the woman who stole the cruiser.
It may be almost impossible to believe someone was able to steal a police car, but it happened in just 16 seconds when the officer was out of the car!
Woman stole Marion County patrol car in 16 seconds by jumping through windowhttps://t.co/UrBCd3FTO5
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Sheriff Billy Woods released a press conference, which has more on the incident:
“My deputy did absolutely nothing wrong,” Sheriff Billy Woods said.
The sheriff says any and all blame for the tragic deaths falls on the woman who took off in the deputy’s SUV.
“This individual decided to do what she did, and ended with a result of killing two innocent individuals,” Woods said.
He bristled at any reference to agency policies about patrol vehicles being properly secured.
“This moron stole a police vehicle and killed two human beings. What my policies are, what the procedures are, mean nothing,” Woods said.
The sheriff rolled out a list to point out what he sees as a failure where arrests of Boone rarely translated to jail or prison time.
“If this person would have been in jail, I would not have two dead innocent people,” Woods said.
Here’s his message to the victims:
“To them, my heart bleeds for them, my heart truly does,” Woods said.
There body camera footage of the incident may be found here.
The names of the victims of the crash have not been released to the public at this time. The Florida Police Department will review dash camera video from the stolen police car, provided the content is available.