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Trooper Darryl Haywood, Jr.
Trooper Darryl Haywood, Jr.

Trooper Haywood's cruiser after crash
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At approximately 7:00 on Sunday, January 22, 2006, Trooper Darryl Haywood, Jr., Troop K-Broward County, was involved in a serious patrol car crash on Florida's Turnpike just south of the Hollywood Boulevard exit. Trooper Haywood had just stopped a motorist and was in the process of writing a citation for "Driving without Headlights" on the west shoulder of the Turnpike when his patrol car was rear-ended by a Dodge pick-up truck that had veered from the center lane and rear ended Trooper Haywood's car, which caused it to rear end the Hyundai Haywood had stopped. The pick-up truck then overturned and came to final rest in the center lane of the Turnpike.

It took rescue crews about 30 minutes to extricate Trooper Haywood from his patrol car. He was subsequently airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, where he is listed in serious but stable condition with head injuries. Trooper Haywood is expected to recover from his injuries, according to Doctors at Ryder Trauma Center.

Trooper Haywood's cruiser after crash at crash site Trooper Haywood's cruiser after crash
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This serious incident occurred just as FHP is getting geared up for its 3rd full-scale public information campaign to promote Florida's Move Over Law (Ch. 316.126(1)(b), F.S.), which passed in July 2002. Many motorists still do not understand the importance of this law, which requires motorists to slow down or move over (change lanes) away from emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the roadway with lights flashing. When approaching a police car, ambulance, tow truck, or other emergency vehicle, motorists are required to follow this common sense law. FHP urges motorists to help protect the people who protect you – please move over and let emergency workers do their jobs without the risk of being injured or killed while they do so.

Trooper Haywood, Jr., is the son of FHP Trooper Darryl Haywood, who died in the line of duty as a result of a traffic crash on Saturday, October 2, 2004, while attempting to overtake a speeding motorcycle on Interstate 4 in Volusia County.

Please keep the Haywood family in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from his injuries.

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