Deputy killed in Taylor County crash

Deputy Williams / Taylor County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Williams / Taylor County Sheriff's Office(WCTV)
Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 8:41 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

October 31, 2016

PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Highway Patrol says a Taylor County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed in an accident south of Perry Monday morning.

Deputy Michael Scott Williams, 46, was killed when he rear-ended a logging truck near the intersection of US 98 / US 19 at Beach Road, about five miles south of Perry, according to FHP.

The crash happened around 6:50 a.m. Officials say Williams was in his patrol car on the way to work.

The driver of the logging truck, 54-year-old Michael Upshaw, of Perry, was not injured in the crash. The crash report states that Upshaw continued traveling northbound on US-19 following the crash.

According to the FHP website, US 98 / US 19 was shut down Monday morning, but has since been reopened.

The FHP report states that toxicology results are pending and charges are pending the findings of the investigation.

The Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association released a statement via Facebook:

Very sad day today...we lost Taylor County Deputy Sheriff Scott Williams. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Sheriff Bummy Williams and the entire TCSO agency. I am proud to say that Sheriff Williams enrolled his entire staff as members of FDSA. While many folks will be sending flowers and sympathy card, FDSA will be sending a check for much need financial assistance to Deputy Williams' family along with our condolences.

Taylor County Sheriff's Department offered its condolences, and tell WCTV Williams was an outstanding Deputy. When he walked into a room, he always found a way to make people laugh. He never had a complaint from a citizen, and was just an all-around great person, who will be greatly missed.

TCSO also says they standing by, ready and willing to provide any help to the Williams' family with whatever they need, during this difficult time.

Williams had been with the Department since May of 2015. He was recently promoted to Officer in Charge.