By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 18, 2017
ALACHUA CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is dead after being hit by a car while on duty in Alachua County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, it happened Saturday just after 6:30 p.m., on State Road 93 near Mile Marker 403.
52-year-old Master Sergeant William T. Bishop was responding to a crash when two other vehicles collided near the scene of the first accident. One of the vehicles involved in the first crash was parked in the emergency lane.
During the second crash, Master Sergeant Bishop was hit while standing outside his patrol car.
Master Sergeant Bishop was taken to Shands Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No other details have been released at this time.
Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on Master Sergeant Bishop's death:
"We are heartbroken to learn of the death of 30-year veteran FHP Trooper Sergeant William Trampas Bishop while on duty in Alachua County. Ann and I are praying for Sergeant Bishop’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with the entire Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Highway Patrol family as they grieve the loss of Sergeant Bishop. Every day, Florida’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve Florida families. This terrible loss is a somber reminder of the work our brave law enforcement officers do to keep us safe.”