FHP Trooper at fault for traffic crash


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FHP Trooper at fault for traffic crash

By Barry Miller. CREATED Feb 27, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 27, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is under investigation for a crash he was involved in on I-75 in Fort Myers. It was an accident that killed an unborn baby earlier this month. 

Trooper Gustavo Reyes is now on desk duty until the investigation ends.  Because a death occurred in this accident, a traffic homicide investigation is in full swing. 

The released crash report involving Trooper Reyes says he 'operated motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner." 

"We hold our troopers accountable for their actions," said FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno.

Trooper Reyes hit the back of an SUV carrying the McClure family February 15th. 

"It was a very traumatic crash," Lt. Bueno said.

The SUV rolled off of 1-75. Crystal McClure and her husband Christopher flew out of the car. Their young son was unharmed in his car seat. 

"We're investigating this thoroughly just as we would for any other crash," Lt. Bueno said. "Of course our hearts go out to the victims involved."

At 22 weeks pregnant, Crystal was serverly injured. Her unborn baby didn't make it. 

"The traffic homicide investigation affords us the opportunity to take more of an in-depth look at formal witnesses review, vehicle inspections, and an examination of physical evidence," said Lt. Bueno.

Once that investigation comes to an end Trooper Reyes could be charged. 

This week Crystal was still in the hospital in fair condition. A slow recovery, much like the investigation to find what went wrong.

"FHP is going to take a step back and thoroughly investigate the accident and come to a formal conclusion as far as what occurred," said Lt. Bueno.

The traffic homicide investigation takes at least 60 days from the day of the accident and sometimes longer.