OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Citations will be issued to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputy who caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a 34-year-old man in October, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Deputy Gloria Boccio will be ticketed for careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt, troopers said.
Troopers said Boccio was driving a marked Dodge Charger patrol car around 8 a.m. Oct. 5 eastbound on U.S. 192 when, for an unknown reason, she failed to slow down to accommodate for traffic stopped at a red light.
Boccio’s car slammed into the back of a Ford pickup truck driven by Robert Johnston, the report said. The force of the crash pushed Johnston’s truck into a Dodge Van, which then hit a Ford Focus, according to authorities.
Johnston died at an area hospital. His family received $200,000 from the county in January as part of a settlement.