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Man Killed, Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Injured in SR100 Collision Just West of Bunnell

| February 13, 2013

The Flagler deputy's cruiser rear-ended the van on SR100. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler deputy’s cruiser rear0-ended the van on SR100. Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 5:15 p.m.

A man was killed and a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy injured this morning in a collision on State Road 100, just west of Bunnell, that also involved a special-needs school bus heading to Indian Trails Middle School.

The victim, Eduardo Luis Pacheco, is 64, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, and is from Bunnell. He was at the wheel of a 1999 Chevrolet van. The sheriff’s deputy is Christopher Lee Crego, 31. He’s been with the sheriff’s office for a year and a half. Crego was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said, which contributed to the extent of his facial lacerations.

There was one 15-year-old girl aboard the bus, along with an aide and the bus driver. None of them was injured, though the bus was struck by some debris from the collision. The student made it to school. Her parents were notified. She was paired up with counselors as soon as she got there.

The bus was heading east. The two other vehicles were heading west. The wreck took place at 6:42 a.m. at the intersection of Black Point Road West (also known as County Road 5) and SR100.

The sheriff’s deputy was responding to a call, with his lights and siren on, when the collision happened. Deputy Steve Williams was also responding to the same call in a separate cruiser. Both were responding to another accident call in the area, according to Flagler County Sheriff’s Senior Commander David O’Brien, who would not comment further.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Weber said the call for the first accident–the one Williams and Crego were responding to–came into dispatch at 6:34 a.m. That accident was reported at 12500 West State Road 100. Weber did not have information on the outcome of that crash. There was an unconfirmed report that two sheriff’s deputy units were seen speeding past the Bimini bar area virtually side by side shortly before the crash at Black Point Road.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman at the scene said Crego was behind the van, riding up fast, when the van either stopped or maneuvered in such a way that the collision followed. The cruiser rear-ended the van violently. The school bus was not at the exact spot of the collision when it happened, the spokesman said, but was getting near.

Dirt tracks on the road, some 20 to 30 feet from the final resting place of the two vehicles involved in the collision, suggest that one or both vehicles may have swerved off the road and back on in the course of the collision. The deputy’s cruiser ended up facing east, in its final resting place. The van was on its roof. As of 9:15 a.m., Pacheco’s body was still next to the van, covered with a white tarp.

Deputies’ cruisers are equipped with GPS units, but Weber did not know how much data the units could provide. On Flagler County school buses, for example, GPS units provide a slew of data, including the bus’s location and speed at 30-second intervals, information that, in case of accidents, helps reconstruct the circumstances. If that data is available from the cruisers, it’ll be part of the FHP’s investigation.

The school bus’s windshield on the driver’s side was cracked from debris, the district’s transportation director later confirmed, and the left-front tire of the bus sustained a small cut that officials believe was from the wreck. The bus has an on-board camera, and video footage, but from inside the bus only. The footage is being turned over to the highway patrol for possible clues. But the wreck took place more than 20 minutes before sunup. It’s not clear whether there was light enough for the camera to pick up what was taking place, or for the angle to have picked up what was taking place outside.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the driver of the other vehicle and our deputy,” Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre said in a release at noon. Crego is scheduled for surgery this afternoon. He does not face life-threatening injuries. “We wish Deputy Crego a speedy recovery,” Manfre said.

In early afternoon the highway patrol released its first written sum-up of the wreck, though the release did not add new information. It read, in part: “The deputy’s vehicle struck the right rear of the white van. This caused the white van to overturn into the grass shoulder and came to rest on its roof. The deputy’s vehicle came to final rest in the grass shoulder. From the initial impact, debris from the patrol car and van struck the front of the school bus.”

But charges are pending additional investigation. State Road 100′s affected segment was closed for three and a half hours.

Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Bunnell Fire Department responded to the wreck, as did units of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The Florida Highway Patrol sent several units to investigate. FHP District Commander Cpt. Jerrell Crews was also at the scene, an indication of the sensitivity of case. The Palm Coast Fire Police diverted traffic just past Bimini, onto Black Point Road East, to Black Point Road West.

[This is a developing story. More details and images soon.]

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Tracks from the collision about 20 to 30 feet ahead of the final resting place of the vehicles. click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

Tracks from the collision about 20 to 30 feet ahead of the final resting place of the vehicles. click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

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99 Responses for “Man Killed, Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Injured in SR100 Collision Just West of Bunnell”

  1. Driver Ed. says:

    I’ve noticed reckless and careless driving in Palm Coast and the rest of Flagler County by many a Sheriff’s Deputy. I always pull to the side of the road as to not impede emergency service vehicles, but the erratic driving that I’ve witnessed first hand is ridiculous. Seems like law enforcement needs a little driver’s ed. in this county. They’re putting others in danger while trying to get to their calls. How about my safety? Prayers for the family of the man killed in this accident…


    • Anonymous says:

      I totally agree with the reckless driving by the cops. They come down my road way to fast and someone is going to get killed. I live on Florida park Dr and the speeding is out of control.


    • Yeah BUTT ! That is there job to respond as fast as they can . I have wittnessed it so many times, that people just don’t get out of the way as fast as they should. I was allways taught, that you Imediately get off to the side of the road and STOP!


      • standup says:

        The van was slowing down and pulling off to the side of the road – he was trying to get out of the way. The officer is at fault for this accident, no question. I’d bet money that the cop was going well over the speed limit and even the article says that he came up on the van “riding up fast”. I will admit that sometimes when I hear sirens or lights flashing, it takes a moment to figure out where it’s coming from and where’s the best place to move over and stop. In my opinion, somehow they will find a way to make this a “no-fault” accident or the driver’s fault for the accident when if it was any other person, it would be their fault automatically regardless of the situation. The officer should be held accountable for ending this man’s life. Prayers to his family.


    • Ruben says:

      Agree, classic rookie mistake assuming the public will react the way they believe they’re supposed to.


    • RE:Driver Ed says:

      I have noticed 100 times more old people in this county who drive recklessly than any law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers have been through a more rigorous “Drivers Ed” than most people. Perhaps instead of automatically blaming the police you take a step back and look objectively at the situation.


      • Samuel Smith says:

        Meaning that police officers should be held to a higher standard exactly because they have more rigorous training and experience than the average driver.


    • christina b says:

      Boy, you said a mouthful. I have witnessed these Deputies all over US 1 on a regular basis, riding without safety belts and speeding (and not “speeding with their sirens on”, either).

      They need to start obeying the traffic laws they enforce so vigorously for the rest of us.


  2. Whodat says:

    Life is so precious. One minute you’re alive – next you’re gone. My thoughts and prayers are with you though I never met you.


  3. Frank says:

    WOW Ed, So now its numerous deputies in the county. People are so quick to throw the blame around. Deputies drive 3 times as much as regular citizens do which puts them at a higher risk and they are also (like in this case) responding to help people like good old Ed when they need it. So what do you know, if your driving down the road and see a deputy driving (Erratic) as you say. You don’t know where he is going or what he is responding to. Please….I’ll tell you this, us citizens should be better people and thank the S/O for their service to the community and recolonize that the job they do is very dangerous and they do it for poverty wages.


    • Ben Dover says:

      This is Palm Coast, sitting in parking lots eating McDonalds and Duncan donuts , or parking in the median , is not exactly the Bronx, and thanks to this city counsel there are thousands of residence here wishing they could make half what these deputies make, there`s no jobs here so don t go whining about the dangers or their poverty , there`s plenty of people here much worse off, I grew up in neighborhoods where going to school was more dangerous then their job and had to do it for nothing


    • Stan U Ground says:

      Poverty wages my ass !, Let these yahoos work in Brooklyn or the Bronx for a week and lets see how fast they come crying back with a more profesional and sympathetic attitude to the TAX paying community, I have seen them at high rates of speed weaving in traffic to get to a call but they have to weigh the results, A serious child injury, multi car collisions with serious injuries FINE But I dont want to here sirens over a cat in a tree, They cant help any body if they dont make it there ! My sympathy to the driver and his family, May the rest of the reckless deputies see this travesty as a lesson.


  4. Popp3084 says:

    Hey drivers Ed you must yield to emergency vehicles get a life you’s are all so fast to critize the police until you need us and the you still wanna complain I’ve got an idea if you don’t like it move


    • So Sorry says:

      That area has a very soft shoulder. It can be difficult to quickly get off the road in a safe manner.


    • Samuel Smith says:

      I think if you simply stopped killing people due to reckless driving people would be more apt to stay here


    • Anonymous says:

      the driver of the van was hitting his brakes andmoving over and the damn cop still hit him….. ive been driving in a 45 mph zone and yet one of u cops no lights no sirens come flying past me at 80. u guys are all crooke in your own way, so i dont wanna hear ur bullshit that cop should be in jail for life for killin someone. i know if i hit the back of that cop and he died id be in jail for life. so why is it ok for him to talk out with nothing. cause he was a cop screw u guys


  5. ernie says:

    Not only do the cops drive to fast but the residents do also and the cops do nothing about it, this is the mayor’s fault for not enforcing the speed limit. They will say there are cutbacks but not when it comes to red light camera’s


  6. RoadHawg says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim driving the van as well as Deputy Crego and his family. Accidents are called such for a reason. Perhaps awaiting the verdict of a thorough FDLE investigation before casting blame on this officer is more appropriate at this time. I would think this tragic accident as well as his own injuries is enough to endure at this point in time, without blaming him or casting aspersions on his character or abilities in his job. He was responding to an accident, and I’m sure if you were the one he was responding to, you would appreciate Mr. Crego’s urgency in arriving.

    You are right Whodat. Life is very precious. Please pray for both families as I’m sure this is an unbearably, difficult time.


  7. Voice of Reason says:

    Whatever happened to compassion? Drivers Ed. Police officers protect and serve and the reason they have lights and sirens is to hurry to save all. Whatever happened to respect of people that risk their lives to serve and protect you all everyday and that is exactly what he was going to do before this unfortunate accident happened. Were you there when the accident occurred? There is a reason they are called them “Accidents” and that if it could have been avoided it would have been. A few other instances of seeing a deputy speeding does not apply here so please have some compassion when it is needed. Didn’t your parents teach you people anything. My mom always said! Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. Prayers need to go out to the family and loved ones of the man that passed and also to the deputy that was injured and his family.


    • Are you serious says:

      Knock it off… know what they are saying about cops driving recklessly, there are many that do protect our streets the correct way. There are also many who do not. Those are the ones we are referencing here. Please…..don’t be one sided because you have a relative who is in law enforcement.


    • Leslie says:

      thank you well said i am a family friend


  8. Get it together says:

    Why would this Deputy be dispatched to a call across the county from the west side? This fatility occured not too far from the Bimini Bar and the other accident was near Flagler Palm Coast High School on the other side of the town. I would also like to know why was this officer was in such a hurry, what was he going to do when he got to the other accident? The med unit and Bunnell PD was closer than he was for him not to have to cause a death as he did. My heart goes out to the man who lost his life in this senseless event.


    • Reread the article says:

      He was headed WEST away from Bunnell to an accident on West State Rd 100 (near a farm about 12 miles west of Bunnell) which is NO WHERE NEAR the high school.


    • FormerVolFF says:

      At GET IT TOGETHER …. the accident that the officers were responding to was well west of the Mondex heading towards Palatka. FCSO is not perfect but they are there doing a job that not alot of other people are willing to do. It is sad that a life was lost, but you do not know the circumstances that led to the accident. GOD BLESS FCSO, FCFR.


    • Say What says:

      Maybe you should Get it Together. If you read the whole article it states that the deputy was responding to another accident at 12500 west SR 100. That is nowhere near the high school. It also stated that he was headed west on SR 100 not east. What he would have done when he got the other accident was help the victims of that accident. The only thing I agree with you on is that this was a senseless event, but my heart goes out to both Mr. Pacheco’s family and Deputy Crego’s family.


    • Go back to NY says:

      Yes, that’s correct, Bimini Bar and FPCHS are basically on the opposite side of town from each other……oh wait, they’re about 4 miles apart. Wow…..


  9. Anonymous says:

    My payers are with the Deputy who was seriously injured while trying to help others in need.


    • SST says:

      He really helped didn’t he!!!! Cops are to protect and serve not killing people on the way to do it!!!

      family member


  10. Claire Voyant says:

    11 and 100 (between San Mateo and Bunnell) are two deadly roads.

    R-I-P Mr. Pacheco. My sympathies to his family and friends.


  11. inthesky says:

    I have witnessed first hand on numerous occasion people that WILL NOT move out of the way for emergency vehicles. When you call them for help, you don’t want them to be held up, just because someone is in a hurry and won’t move over. Flagler County has the BEST Emergency Services in the United States!
    It is so sad, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the gentlemen that lost his life and to the officer and his family.


    • I don't think so says:

      It doesn’t give the right for the one with the badge to run them over. Maybe this man didn’t hear him and when he did he panicked. The driver should have control of their vehicle at all times. This COP was driving carelessly.


    • family member says:

      Thank you. He was a very good and calm man


    • family member says:

      The strech of road, where the accident happend, has almost no easement and a ditch. It is hard to pull over compleatly when there is no where to go. The family understands that it was an accident. We also have other family memebers that work as emergency personel in the county. We know he was doing his job in resonding to another emergency. We also feel that he may have been a little wreckless when doing so. We are all still in a state of shock at losing such a wonderful man in such a tragic way.


    • standup says:

      Maybe in a few small cases that you have seen a driver purposefully not pull over but the majority of the time in a case where they don’t stop or pull over, it’s because they aren’t able to due to maybe a bridge railing, or cars stopped on both sides of them. There are numerous reasons/situations that can come up when a driver can’t immediately get out of the way safely. I always try and move over, stop, get out of the way but I myself have been in a situation where I had no where to go to get out of the way. Sometimes you can hear sirens but can’t see where they are coming from – your furiously scanning the roads trying to make sure you aren’t in the way and that takes your attention off your driving, which isn’t safe either.

      Yes, we want emergency personnel to get to those in need as fast as possible but we also need to understand that if they are responding to a call, they should do it in a safe manner so accidents like this don’t happen.


  12. Ben Dover says:

    Would love to hear more about this other alleged accident , its pretty clear this deputy ran into the back of this poor mans van, what were they doing racing??? why were they side by side going past the bar, bet this gets swept under the carpet , Manfre is in office less then a month and his officers are running people off the road , killing innocent people, lets see how honest he is about this , he was pretty good at finger pointing over the Fischer case


  13. Realist says:

    If the officer was responding to an incident that involved a Family member of Mr Driver Ed He couldnt have gotten there fast enough,enough of the Bashing the Guys that Risk there Lives every Day to do the best they can to keep the Public Safe and Protect Our property,Thanks To FCSO for all You do..


    • Anonymous says:

      No one knows how hard a police officer or Deputy works unless they are one themselves. You never know if you are going to come home when you go to work because of the kind of work you do. Yes they do go fast when responding to a call because they do not know how serious the call is until they get there. But what ever it is, they put their life on the line all the time to help others. It is a thankless job at times because you just can not please everyone. I have been there and retired but I never forgot all the people I did help that appreciated it. I feel sad for the person that died. But I also feel sad for the Deputy that is hurt also. Accidents do happen where we like it or not.


    • Retired says:

      I spent 27 years in law enforcement and will tell you from first hand experience that a good percent of elderly drivers will freeze jam on the brakes and drive in confused state when approached by an emergency vehicle in full response mode ,I wish Godspeed in the sheriffs recovery and am distraught at the families loss


    • Samuel Smith says:

      Law enforcement doesn’t even make the top 10 when it comes to most dangerous jobs, and Warren v. District of Columbia demonstrates that the common belief of “serve and protect” with regards to the community is a fallacy. To quote, “…government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.”


  14. jennah says:

    This sounds like it could have been an avoidable accident. Granted ,none of us were there but witnesses saying they were side by side on SR 100 raises an eyebrow. I would like to see the dash cam footage of the patrol car not the school bus. My condolences to the man’s family.


  15. Ok says:

    Yes people should get out of the way as soon as they hear or see the lights, I have pulled over and have seen cars pass me in front of an ambulance or police officer and not get out of the way but I have also seen police run red lights without their lights on or sit at a red light turn their lights on and run it and then turn their lights back off once they cross the intersection. Police do speed and drive out of control when they are not responding to calls happens in every county, look at all the police they caught speeding on highways doing over 100 with out lights on or responding to a call. They got many police on camera for running red lights when not responding to a call. It goes both ways and always will. Prayers go out to Pacheco family


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