Fatal Bicycle Crash Involving Deputy

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Kenneth Reed lives on Gram Lane near State Road 20. A few years ago his son was walking and was struck by an SUV. Now a bicyclist, twenty-three-year old Timothy Conn was hit and killed by a Leon County Sheriff's Deputy responding to an emergency.

"It looked like the sheriff was going pretty fast from the damage, the big holes in the window. He had to be going pretty fast," said Reed.

The markings in bright colored orange paint on the road indicate the deputy was traveling West on State Road 20 when the bicyclist turned into oncoming traffic, crossing both lanes.

Deputy Charles McClure, an award winning deputy, is used to investigating crash scenes, not being in the middle of them.

"It's really hard when a deputy is involved in instances such as this. It's tragic for the family but we also feel pain on our side too because we have to empathize with this family; you know they've lost a loved one, and now this deputy will have to go through with this and think about the problem that is caused from this," said Leon County Sheriff's Office SGT Chris Chase

Deputy McClure has worked for the sheriff's office for 18 years. He's off for the holiday but will return to work on Wednesday.


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