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.
[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.


[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.


[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.


[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.


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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  • by leeanna kitchens Location: tally on Nov 26, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    So I know nothing good last for ever.I know his was determined to die before he went back to jail.messed up way to got out. Our friendship was justt three months new wish he was still here. His presents was so strong that he visit me in my dreams ah few times ah week. That's how much he is missed. And reguardless what he was hidden wasn't worth dying for. UR truly miss but never forgtten
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    You idiots commenting have no regard to human life, when you loose one of yours by any means I hope the entire county laughs and brings up all the negative that person did and I will be jumping for joy that it's one less idiot born from your family out of the world!!
  • by For the trashy verbiage Location: Leon County on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    20 Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good.
  • by For the trashy verbiage Location: Leon County on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. 12 Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie. 13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; 14 I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. 15 LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. 16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.” 17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. 19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b]; those who hate me without reason are numerous.
  • by For the trashy verbiage Location: Leon County on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    BULL....what if that jacka** ran over my young son on Baum Road? if he would have stopped in the first place this whole situation never would have happened. FHP RULES
  • by me Location: CVILLE on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Well, I guess everyone who posted(BEFORE)anyone knew this it right!!!!!The THUG is off of the street!!!!!!!!!!!!!just sayin..It is not too hard to call a spade a sapde in this area!!!!!
  • by off course on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    yeah, right,,,,all the good guys who are so loving and special and giving are the same ones who are running from the law....bolagna
  • by tina Location: tenn. on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    I'm soo sorry to Chris's loved ones for your heartache and loss. A close friend of mine was also killed in Brooksville, FL in 1989/90, and the state was sued for her death. The flp was ordered to not pursue a high speed chase for anything less than a felony... you might want to look the law and case up... her name was Bonnie Bittle, she also had to be identified by what teeth they could find. Might try Biddle, it has been so long ago. You can never have your fam. member back, but might find some justice in this. Good luck in whatever you do.
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      by anon on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM in reply to tina
      Your kidding me right? you welfare people all you wanna do is sue sue sue, cause your too lazy to fhp policy, they can pursue for anything...that has been reviewed by the supreme court to be legal....because a rapist wants to run and kills him self that is his fault..fhp never made contact with the can try and sue but the fact is you dont mess with the highway patrol....
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        by Frances on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM in reply to anon
        Agree. He was stupid enough to die by his own hands. He won't be harming anyone else! FHP did their job right.
    • reply
      by Dane on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:26 PM in reply to tina
      Justice has been served. He died at his OWN hands because he was STUPID! He got EXACTLY what he deserved and our streets are safer without him.
  • by neighbor on Aug 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    My condolences to Chris's friends and family. I hope you find peace.
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