Deputy Scott Sullivan’s Friday-night shift started with a drunken driver who led a multi-car chase and crashed into a patrol vehicle at a busy Seminole County intersection.
Hours later, Sullivan was involved in a separate, fatal collision at the same intersection — State Road 434 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating who failed to stop at a red light in the latter crash, which occurred about 1:40 a.m. and left one man dead and another with serious injuries.
Sullivan and his vehicle’s passenger, who was in pre-employment status with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to FHP Sgt. Kim Montes.
Sullivan was driving his marked patrol SUV eastbound on State Road 434 as a 2011 Volkswagen sedan driven by a Robert Williams, 73, of Winter Park, an Uber driver, was traveling northbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
Both vehicles entered the intersection, and the front of the patrol car struck the left side of the Volkswagen, Montes said. It is not clear who had the red light, she said.
Williams was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with serious injuries. The Uber car’s passenger, Corey Allicock, 28, of Orlando, was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Allicock, who worked for Convergys, was at a holiday party with coworkers and friends before the crash, family said.
He had been en route to the condo he shared with his girlfriend when the incident occurred, said his mother Judith. The couple had moved in together around a month ago, she said.
“He was just such a happy kid, free-spirited,” she said. “And loving and kind. I think that’s why he had so many friends.”
Allicock used Uber before, family said, and they had planned to give him a Toyota Corolla for Christmas. He was the youngest of four children.
“I need to find out why my child died,” Judith Allicock said. “Just 28 years old. He didn’t do anything wrong. He did the right thing, he got a cab to go home. If the impact was not so severe, he might have lived.”
Sullivan, 29, of Sanford, has been employed at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office since July 2013, according to spokeswoman Kristen Bentsen. His personnel file was not immediately available, Bentsen said.
The report detailing the earlier deputy-involved crash shows Sullivan was one of several deputies who took chase to Catherine Moline, who was arrested on multiple charges including driving under the influence and fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer.
Sullivan first attempted to stop Moline’s black, two-door Chevrolet Camaro near Plumosa Avenue and State Road 427 about 9:30 p.m., but she did not pull over, according to Moline’s arrest report.
As she continued driving, a passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle.
Other nearby deputies joined the chase and deployed a tire-deflation device, which Moline ran over.
A deputy tried to block Moline as she was passing through the intersection of State Road 434 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. But Moline accelerated towards the marked patrol car, which had its lights and sirens on, and hit it twice.
Farther down the road, Moline crashed into a fire hydrant and was arrested.
The report stated Sullivan tried to pull Moline over for the traffic stop. He left the chase to help the passenger who flung herself out of the car.
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