Fla. correctional sergeant dies in off-duty car crash

Deputies said Miguel Gonzalez was driving when he lost control of his truck and hit a concrete barrier


By Romy Ellenbogen
Tampa Bay Times

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A 44-year-old sergeant with the Florida Department of Corrections died Monday a car crash in Indian Rocks Beach, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Miguel Gonzalez was found near an overturned Ford F-150 around 3:30 a.m. near the Indian Rocks Bridge and East Gulf Boulevard.

Deputies said Gonzalez was driving when he lost control of his truck and hit a concrete barrier, pushing him through the front window and then later ejecting him out of the car entirely.

Gonzalez was found at 5th Avenue North and East Gulf Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The truck continued west, hitting a set of Pinellas County Junction signs and then overturned.

Gonzalez was the only person in the car, and investigators did not immediately know why he lost control of the truck. He was a sergeant with the Florida Department of Corrections assigned to Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell.

An investigation is ongoing.

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