A fiery crash left a man, and a dog, dead in a devastating car accident in DeLand, Florida. According to Click Orlando, the deadly incident happened in the early morning hours on Wednesday after a police officer pulled over a vehicle, and the driver tried to get away while the officer’s hand was still in the vehicle.
The man who ultimately rolled his car in a dramatic accident on Stone Street has been identified as 26-year-old Justin L. Johnson. The authorities were contacted about Johnson after a taxi driver called for assistance because his passenger, a female, reported that the man following them in a white SUV was her boyfriend. The woman was en route to a hospital because she had been involved in what is described as a “disturbance.”
Officer Tony Tagle, the officer who pulled over Johnson, has stated that he believed that he could see drugs inside of Johnson’s vehicle – the driver fled the scene, while the officer’s hand was in the car, during the traffic stop. The deadly accident took place moments later.
According to WESH, neighbors who witnessed the fatal accident reported hearing a dog crying – the dog did not survive the crash. The officer involved in the incident sustained a hand injury – he was examined at an area hospital and released.
(Photo screenshot via WESH News)