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Highway Patrol trooper and truck driver die in tragic Florida pursuit

A police pursuit on Interstate 95 in Florida early on February 2nd led to the tragic deaths of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Fink, 26, and an unnamed truck driver.

The incident: It began when St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted a vehicle speeding excessively. Fink observed the suspect's vehicle fleeing in the wrong direction, made a U-turn in pursuit, and was then hit by a semi-truck near mile marker 120. Both Fink and the truck driver were fatally injured.

Trooper Fink was airlifted to a hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect, who had fled on foot after crashing the chased vehicle into a tree, was captured by law enforcement around 8 AM.

Investigations: The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office will handle the criminal side while FHP's traffic homicide investigators will conduct the traffic homicide investigation.

Official reactions: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed condolences, remarking on Fink's heroism. FHP Colonel Gary Howze II highlighted Fink's commitment to safety, acknowledging the daily sacrifices first responders like Fink make to protect their communities.

The aftermath: The incident reminds of the inherent risks law enforcement officers encounter in the line of duty, emphasizing the ultimate sacrifice made by Trooper Fink in his efforts to ensure public safety.

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