Trooper Darryl L. Haywood
It is with deep regret that the Florida Highway Patrol announces the untimely death of Trooper Darryl Louis Haywood. Trooper Haywood died in the line of duty on Saturday, October 2, 2004, while attempting to overtake a speeding motorcycle on Interstate 4 in Volusia County.
At 1:38 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2004, Florida Highway Patrol duty officers radioed Volusia County troopers to be on the lookout for a motorcycle and a Porsche that were racing eastbound on Interstate 4. At 1:42 p.m., Trooper Haywood advised FHP dispatch that he had spotted the two vehicles near the 120 mile marker on Interstate 4 and was attempting to overtake them, but the vehicles were pulling away from him at a high rate of speed.
At 1:46 p.m., the Orlando Regional Communications Center was notified of a crash involving a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle near the 123 mile marker on Interstate 4. Once troopers arrived on the scene of the patrol car crash, FHP duty officers in Orlando issued a second BOLO for the motorcycle with more specific information, including a description of the driver.
Approximately 30-35 minutes later, Trooper Philip Delgado spotted the motorcycle in St. Johns County on Interstate 95 and attempted to stop it. The motorcycle once again fled from our trooper northbound on Interstate 95 at a high rate of speed, estimated by Trooper Delgado to be over 150 miles per hour.
An alert St. Johns County deputy subsequently spotted the motorcycle and its driver at a truck stop at Interstate 95 and County Road 210 in St. Johns County. The driver of the motorcycle was arrested by FHP troopers and taken to the St. Johns County jail. He was charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding by Trooper Delgado, which is a felony. He is also under investigation for causing the death of Trooper Haywood.
Trooper Haywood was a 4-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. He joined the Patrol in March of 2000, after retiring from the New York City Police Department after 20 years of service. He was a member of the 98th Recruit Class. He graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy in September of 2000, and has been assigned to Troop D, Volusia County, his entire career.
Trooper Haywood has received numerous commendations from the public for his outstanding performance and professionalism. He was also recently selected as the statewide Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for July for his life-saving actions in pulling a motorist from a burning vehicle.
Trooper Haywood is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild.
Trooper Haywood becomes the 39th Florida Highway Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty, in addition to one FHP Auxiliary trooper killed.