Florida Trooper Rescues Driver Who Slammed Into His SUV

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

Moments later, a 2012 Mazda, driven by Fernando Xavier Espinoza, 35 of Fort Myers, was traveling southbound on I-75 when he swerved his vehicle to avoid slowing traffic.

- It was a close call for a Florida Highway Patrol who had pulled over onto the shoulder of I-75 in Lee County as an out-of-control vehicle barreled into his cruiser.

Another driver, later identified as Fernando Espinoza, could be seen approaching but swerving off the highway at the last minute to avoid getting into a crash with another vehicle.

The accident took place on November 5, 2018 in Fort Myers on southbound I-75.

Dashcam video shows trooper Richard Verbiest's auto stopped on the inside shoulder of the highway.

The incident occurred on Interstate 75 at mile marker 134 in Lee County.

The trooper, who had minor injuries, rushed to the driver's aid as the vehicle burst into flames.

Dash cam video captures vehicle crash into FHP trooper!

The FHP released the video Wednesday as a reminder of the importance of moving over for first-responders that are stopped on the road.

The campaign is to remind Florida drivers to move over when they see an emergency on the side of the road, as WLRN reported. It's the law, it's common courtesy & most importantly, it's a life saver!' the highway patrol tweeted alongside the video.

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