Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Florida State Trooper run over by drunk driver
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(NBC6) — Florida Highway Patrol trooper is recovering in the hospital Sunday after being struck by a drunk driver, police say.

Trooper Daniel A. Cruz, 29, was struck by a vehicle at around 1:04 a.m. while investigating a crash along Okeechobee Road near the Palmetto Expressway’s South exit ramp.

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While attempting to clear the vehicles involved in the crash from the roadway, Cruz was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Okeechobee Road.

Cruz was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center and will need to undergo reconstructive surgery. Cruz has a 4-month old son and is expected to be out of work for at least 6 months.

John Bencosme, 26, is charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury and charges of DUI with property damage.

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Investigators say Bencosme was driving under the influence of alcohol and has been arrested.

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