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Driver's Attempt to Get Away From FHP Turns Deadly

By: Gary Parker, Lanetra Bennett, Jill Chandler Email
By: Gary Parker, Lanetra Bennett, Jill Chandler Email

[UPDATE] August 25, 2011 5:45 pm by Jill Chandler --

The man who died after a high speed chase on Baum Rd has been identified as Christopher Proctor, son of one of Tallahassee's most famous folk-artists.

Christopher Proctor's black Mercedes crashed into the woods last week, and caught on fire after a high speed chase with Florida Troopers. His parents were in Atlanta when they got the call.

His father, Tyrone Proctor said, "It just felt like my heart dropped when he told me that."

Charles Barrington lives right down the road. He said, "That was my cousin and everything, and I like I said, I just hope it ain't true."

FHP needed dental records, and Thursday morning they confirmed it really was Proctor behind the wheel.

Proctor has been in trouble before. He is a registered sex offender with a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 1996 including burglary, possession of cocaine, and arson.

He was one of three people arrested back in 1996 for burning down the Tallahassee Marine Institute where Proctor went to school.

His father said, "Chris was a good young man. He had a good heart. He been in trouble with the law, in and out. But that didn't take away from who he was. He was a young man that had a whole lot of potential."

Proctor's mother is a well known artist, and Christopher followed in her footsteps. The family hopes to have his paintings on display at his funeral.

The funeral service for Christopher Proctor will be held this Saturday August 27, at 1 in the afternoon at the Strong and Jones Chapel.
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[UPDATE] August 25, 2011 - 10am -

The Florida Highway Patrol has released the name of the person killed in the early morning crash on August 19th. Christopher Proctor, born Sept. 11, 1978, of Monticello has been identified as the person killed in that crash.

According to FHP, Proctor was driving a Mercedez Benz when he fled from a trooper who was trying to pull him over for speeding. Troopers say Proctor ended up on Baum Road when they say Proctor turned his car lights off to try to hide. Proctor ended up crashing into the woods.

Troopers say the car caught fire and Proctor died.

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[UPDATE] August 23, 2011

Authorities say they still have not been able to confirm the identity of the person who was killed in a crash on Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say they are waiting on dental records for confirmation.

Last Friday, the driver of a Mercedez Benz fled after a trooper tried to pull him over for speeding.

Troopers say the driver ended up on Baum Road.

FHP says the driver turned his car lights off to try to hide, but, crashed into the woods.

Troopers say the car caught fire and the driver died.

We will keep you posted when the identity is released.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - August 19, 2011 6:25pm

A driver turns his lights off to elude highway troopers. But, the pursuit ends when the driver's car catches fire in a crash, killing the man inside.

Florida Highway Patrol says the driver of a black four-door Mercedes Benz crashed into these woods on Baum Road in Leon County around 3:00 Friday morning.

But, not before trying to flee from authorities who'd tried to pull him over for speeding.

Area resident Frank Jones says, "It kind of makes me think there was something going on there besides just speeding. Most people, you get pulled over for speeding, you don't run."

Authorities say Trooper Charles Swindle first tried to pull the driver over on I-10, the driver got off on the exit at State Road 59, fled southbound on Main Street in Lloyd, then on Old Lloyd Road.

Florida Highway Patrol says the driver kept going and turned on Baum Road.

Then, they say the driver turned the lights off on his Benz to try to keep from being seen.

FHP says the driver tried to round a right hand curve on Baum, ran off the road, and crashed into the woods near Wadesboro Road.

Authorities say the car caught fire, and the driver died on scene.

LT JEFF FROST, spokesperson with FHP, says, "Obviously, if someone initiates a traffic stop, you should stop, pull over and stop for the trooper or officer that's doing the traffic stop."

People who live in that area say even when it's not a pursuit by law enforcement, just a regular drive on Baum Road can be dangerous. They say they've seen or at least heard about countless accidents on this same road.

Authorities tell us there were not any passengers in the car. However, they have not released the name of the driver.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - August 19, 2011 - Noon -

A driver's attempt to get away from law enforcement turned deadly. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say a man was killed in an early morning crash.

FHP troopers say a man went to great lengths trying to get away from them, but he ended up crashing his car and dying. Troopers say the crash happened around 3:00am on August 19th near Baum and Wadesboro Road in Leon County.

FHP says a trooper tried to pull a driver over for speeding. But says the driver refused to stop. A trooper on the scene said the driver turned his car lights off so that the car wouldn't be seen. Troopers say the driver crashed in nearby woods. They say the car caught fire and the driver died on scene.

Troopers say no other victims were involved. The driver has not been identified.

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Tallahassee, Florida - August 19, 2011 - 6am -

The full FHP report is attached in PDF format above

An early morning crash in Tallahassee leaves one dead.

The accident happened just after 3:00am near Baum and Wadesboro Road in Tallahassee. The Florida Highway Patrol says one of its officers tried to pull a driver over for speeding. The driver refused to stop and was trying to get away from him.

"According to the trooper, he turned his lights off in an attempt to black his vehicle out so he wouldn't be seen. When we got to this curve, he lost control of the vehicle and went out into the woods and crashed," says Sergeant Gary Dawson.

No other victims were involved. The driver has not been identified yet.
We will update you as soon as we get more information.


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