Five Injured In Wreck With Escambia Deputy

July 31, 2011

Five people received minor injuries in a wreck involving an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy cruiser on Saturday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Deputy Douglas Shoemaker, 45, was southbound on Highway 90 in the northbound lane in an attempt to pass traffic that was backed up at a traffic light at Saufley Field Road. He was responding to an emergency call with his lights and siren activated. As he entered the intersection, he collided with a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Lelia Harvey of Pensacola. Harvey had a green signal and turned into the path of Shoemaker’s vehicle, according to the FHP.

Harvey and a passenger, 26-year old Ashli French of Orange Park, along with three young children, received minor injuries. Deputy Shoemaker was not injured.

There were no charges filed in the crash, according to the FHP.


5 Responses to “Five Injured In Wreck With Escambia Deputy”

  1. Steve and Hazel Wilson on August 1st, 2011 11:29 am

    So thankful no one was seriously injured. Be careful out there, Doug.

  2. Sandra on July 31st, 2011 9:48 pm

    Interesting that there were no charges. Lights and siren are for asking civilian traffic to yield the right of way. Failure to yield the right of way can get you a ticket but from what I am reading in the article the deputy did not use due caution when driving against the flow of traffic.

  3. Angi B. on July 31st, 2011 11:11 am

    Glad no one was seriously injured…

  4. William on July 31st, 2011 8:06 am

    >>But what is confusing about this article is how someone drives southbound on U.S. 90.

    Hwy 90 (aka Mobile Hwy in that area) is an east-west roadway. It is, however, literally north-south at Saufley Field Road. The trooper chose to use the literal north-south in the report.

  5. Oversight on July 31st, 2011 7:18 am

    Thankfully no one was seriously injured.

    But what is confusing about this article is how someone drives southbound on U.S. 90. In our country’s highway numbering system, even numbered roads are east-west routes like State Road 4, U.S. 90, and Interstate 10, and odd numbered roads are north-south routes like County Road 99, State Road 97, and U.S. 29. I would expect that the highway patrol would know this and would use the correct direction of travel in its news releases. By the way, at which intersection did the crash occur?

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