Escambia Deputy Involved In Crash Near Jay

April 30, 2009


An off-duty Escambia County Deputy was in a two vehicle accident Wednesday night in Santa Rosa County.

Deputy Scott Rivkin was westbound on Highway 4 near Oil Well RoadĀ  just outside Jay when he collided with a pickup truck pulling a large trailer. The driver of the truck was reportedly stopped at the bottom of long hill, turning across traffic. The truck driver reportedly had no lights or signals on the trailer.

Rivkin was not injured in the 6 p.m. accident. A two-year old girl in the truck was transported to the hospital by ambulance with what authorities described asĀ  superficial facial cuts. There was at least one more small child in the truck that was not transported to the hospital. The truck had no obvious signs of any type of child restraint device.

Rivkin was headed to work in Escambia County from Jay.

Click here for a photo gallery from the scene.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. We will post more details when they become available.

Pictured above and below: An Escambia County Deputy was involved in this accident Wednesday evening near Jay. photos, click to enlarge.



21 Responses to “Escambia Deputy Involved In Crash Near Jay”

  1. Scott on May 1st, 2009 1:01 pm

    I laugh at these people that complain about police taking cars home and the waste of money argument….if you called 911 and you lived in Jay, would you rather the on-duty officer drive from Navarre to your rescue, or the officer in Jay that had his/her police car at their house?

    With all the tax money these days that is totally wasted (Halliburton, Iraq, bail-outs, no-bid contracts, no collective bargaining with drug companies for prescription drugs, etc, etc, etc,) I find it amazing that anyone would complain about a police officer taking the patrol car home.

    Get a life people and stand-up for what is really important.

  2. dbg on May 1st, 2009 10:03 am

    Take a look at an earlier story about “bus hits dump truck”, See what the bus driver was charged with, look at the comments, and then tell me what is the difference in this accident? Besides the fact that this one was a LEO.

  3. tars on May 1st, 2009 7:29 am

    I think a police cruiser is fine at second job. It is letting the neighborhood thugs know a policeman is near and may keep them from doing wrong. Also, when the police officer takes his cruiser home he has the benefit of getting to an emergency quicker. A Police officer is never truely off duty. They can be called at anytime. And with the economy being down, crime is going up and we need all the help we can get from the officers. And they don’t get paid all that much anyway. They get stabbed, shot, puked on by drunks and have to listen to everybodies problems and get crusified like now. I’m sure some of you leaving negative commits wouldn’t do their job for what they get paid. For those being so critical, remember your words the next time you’re needing help or someone is asking your help. And this was an accident, I’m sure everyone has had an accident. But I think the issue that should be being addressed is there is children in no carseats!!!!! Shouldn’t the issue of this guy not having his children in seatbelts be far more important than where a cruiser stays. And the guy didn’t have lights to warn other drivers of what he was doing. And those kids probably will still ride around without seatbelts and very few are concerned with their lives, it seems to be all about a cruiser.

  4. Beegee on April 30th, 2009 9:44 pm

    It’s amazing how non thinking we can sometimes be……some of these comments really sound like immaturish thinking!!!! Some are very sound!!! I agree with Eric Gordon……that was a very well thought out and written comment!!!!

  5. Working Mom on April 30th, 2009 9:41 pm

    It’s not a problem for them to drive a cruiser home, BUT to use them to “show their presence” outside of financial instiutions and businesses while being paid good money for second jobs-is wrong! There are several local financial institutions that pay upwards of $20.00 per hour for a deputy to sit in a cruiser (running the air conditioner) as a second job. This I think should not be allowed. Driving it home I think is a reasonable benefit, but to drive it to your second job is wasting our taxpayer dollars.

  6. mom1 on April 30th, 2009 9:28 pm

    my spell checker is not working sorry

  7. mom1 on April 30th, 2009 9:27 pm

    I dont know how it can be the police officers fault. The truck drivers lucky nobody got killed. Its too bad he didnt get stopped by the police for having no breaklights or blinkers before the accident. I dont know why people who live in rual area think they dont have to wear seatbelts ,have car seats, or pull around trailers without lights. I see it all the time.

  8. jdog on April 30th, 2009 9:20 pm

    Amazed, accoring to the article the cop hit the truck because it was turning across traffic. Pull up the 7th picture in the photo album. Anybody that would of rear-ended that trailer in a car would be dead. The driver of the truck should be accountable for the lights, and the child restraints. Im not saying the cop was right or wrong, but the truck driver was not following the law. None of us are traffic crash experts. If you witnessed the accident hopefully you stopped to help.

  9. jdog on April 30th, 2009 9:02 pm


  10. amazed on April 30th, 2009 7:40 pm

    i watched this wreck, i was on my way home from jay with my girlfriend. the cop saw the truck but apparently did not stop. no tail lights on the trailer? it was daylight, write the driver a ticket for that but the cop made no atempt to stop to aviod hitting the truck, besides the cop hit the truck, not the trailer. cops think they can blame it on other people just cause there cops but this one was the cops fault!!

  11. curious on April 30th, 2009 1:00 pm

    Thanks EMD. You said it.

  12. jdog on April 30th, 2009 11:49 am

    dgb…..Are you looking at the same pictures. The Deputy did not rear end the truck, he hit him on the side. That looks to me like at least a 30 foot tralier. Its crazy for it not to have lights. I know that stretch of highway 4 and the Deputy would of had the right to pass the slower moving truck. Looks to me like the Truck probably made a left turn in front of the deputy without checking his mirrors. From the photos the interior of the truck did not even looked damaged. I bet if those kids would of had car seats they would not of been hurt. Let it be a lesson to us all that we should all have our vehicles properly equipped , and the proper restraints to keep our kids safe. Speedy recovery to all

  13. Eric Gordon on April 30th, 2009 9:45 am

    First I’d like to wish all parties involved a speedy recovery.. I would say a good reason for all Law Enforecement Officers to take their vehicles home would be in case of a sudden emergency of mass scale.. Ie terrorist attack or anything that would involve the necessity of law enforcement on a mass scale.. If all the off duty officers had to drive from home to pick up their vehicles it would waste alot of time.. To think your tax dollars are being wasted for a free ride to and from work is silly.. The people who protect and serve you are overworked and under payed as it is.. Even if the reason was for a perk then so what Tax dollars well spent for our hard working law enforcement.. Thanks Scott for all you do for us!!!

  14. GW on April 30th, 2009 9:45 am

    Probably the same deputy that rear-ended me on my lunch hour back in 2007. He totaled out my Accord then plead innocent in traffic court. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have neck pain.

  15. dbg on April 30th, 2009 9:31 am

    Lights or no lights on the trailer, looks like that officer had a good long way to see that truck sitting there, and plenty of time to stop. The way I see these pictures is that the leo tried to pass as the truck turned? Isn’t it funny that a cop REAR ENDS a truck, and it sounds like they are trying to say it is the trucks fault! OK, give the person driving the truck the tickets for no child restraints and no trailer lights. Then look at the fact that the leo rear ended the truck. ISN’T IT A GIVEN, THAT IF YOU REAREND ANOTHER VEHICLE THAT IT IS YOUR FAULT.

  16. Brenda on April 30th, 2009 9:15 am

    It is very light at 6 p.m., especially since we have been having beautiful weather–no rain, etc. This happened at the bottom of a very large hill. Did the officer NOT see a huge truck pulling a trailer? I’m confused.

  17. E.M.D. on April 30th, 2009 12:50 am

    School bus drivers keep their buses at home too. I see nothing wrong with that. They are underpaid and so are law enforcement people. It’s not like he was out sight-seeing. The article said he was on his way to work, not just driving around. Good grief! :/

  18. john on April 29th, 2009 11:53 pm

    cops are underpaid anyways and now u think they should drive there personal vehicle to a substation or something.

  19. escambiamom on April 29th, 2009 11:46 pm

    It costs money to garage and guard a lot full of vehicles, too. Many companies allow employees to drive vehicles home (my husband does …commercial appliance repair), so it must be beneficial some way to the company’s bottom line or they wouldn’t do it. Probably cheaper to insure for theft or vandalism also.

  20. curious on April 29th, 2009 10:09 pm

    That is part of being a cop. If you had an emergency, he could respond @ that time, and not have to go get a car.

  21. Jacob on April 29th, 2009 9:24 pm

    why is this off duty cop driving around in this cop car on his on time. he is wasting tax payers dollars. why cant police officers drive their own vehicles to work like every other american has to. this would take car of alot of money issues for the sherrifs department. and maybe be able to put the helicopter back in the air.