Florida Highway Patrol

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Drivers were mostly uninjured in a multicar hit and run near Hurlburt Field Nov. 13 according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Bryan Smith, 33, of Killen, Alabama, is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident in Mary Esther. While driving a Ford F150 west on U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, Smith […]

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, motorists in Florida can be stopped for using a hands-free communications device while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), through its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), sent out an advisory reminding […]

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

A series of accidents kept law enforcement busy and brought traffic to a halt Sunday in Gulf Breeze after a collision stopped Pensacola Bay Bridge traffic in both directions. According Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne, the initial collision about 3 p.m. was caused by a vehicle headed northbound on the bridge toward Pensacola. He […]

Rollover causes injuries, backup at Coral Street

Rollover causes injuries, backup at Coral Street

U.S. Highway 98 westbound traffic in Navarre came to a crawl 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 after a T-bone type collision at the intersection of Coral Street. Dispatchers indicated one person was ejected from their vehicle, and an SUV was rolled over on its side in the road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a black Toyota […]

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

A year after a vehicle fatally struck a woman on the Navarre Beach bridge, a Midway firefighter turned himself in to Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 22 after being charged with hit and run. Brayton Cale Secondine, 26, of Milton was identified as the driver of a red Chevrolet Camaro that left the scene […]

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: The partial opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge to eastbound traffic has been postponed to Aug. 4. The traffic shift for U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, Aug. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Thursday, […]

Motorcyclist killed in US Highway 98 accident

Motorcyclist killed in US Highway 98 accident

At about 6:15 p.m. Monday night, Heidi Lynn Thomas, age 54 of Navarre, died in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of US Highway 98 and Coral Street. The Florida Highway Patrol said in a release Thomas was westbound on US Highway 98. Traffic in front of her was stopped at the intersection. The […]

K-9 takes down Santa Rosa hit-and-run driver

K-9 takes down Santa Rosa hit-and-run driver

Florida Highway Patrol K-9 Remy took down an Alabama man June 12 after he allegedly fled the scene of a rear-end collision with a motorcyclist in Santa Rosa County. Justin Moorer, 24, of Wilmer, Alabama, is charged with nine different offenses including driving under the influence and resisting arrest.   Read the full article in […]

School bus driver left scene of accident

School bus driver left scene of accident

A school bus driver apparently left the scene before police arrived after a student trapped in the bus door was dragged along a Navarre street, based on surveillance video of the incident. The Santa Rosa School District denied a public records request for video of the incident, which occurred May 30 on Duncan Ridge Drive […]

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Nearly 2,100 alerts have been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since the Florida Silver Alert program went into place in 2008. In that time, it has been directly responsible for the recovery of 219 people. Silver Alert has been critical in a state like Florida where more than 4.3 million people ages […]

Student dragged down road by school bus

Student dragged down road by school bus

A Navarre student was dragged down the road after being trapped in a school bus door May 30. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a student wearing a backpack was exiting the bus at approximately 2 p.m. along Duncan Ridge Drive when they got trapped in the doors as they were closing. The driver […]

Ambulance involved in fatal crash

Ambulance involved in fatal crash

A 74-year-old Navarre woman was killed May 15 after her car collided with an ambulance along East Bay Boulevard. Passenger Karen Leonard was killed after her vehicle was flipped on its side according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. According to the report, the ambulance was traveling southbound along Robedal Drive approaching East Bay […]

Three car accident slows traffic

Three car accident slows traffic

The heart of Navarre saw major slowdowns April 25, after a morning accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Traffic backed up in all directions. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton was among the first responders on scene. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Bicyclists struck by car killed on 98

Bicyclists struck by car killed on 98

A bicyclist was fatally struck by a car early Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 98 in Midway. The incident occurred near the cross street of Overdown Drive at approximately 1:45 a.m. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a Honda CRV was traveling east on 98 when the bicyclist cut across the eastbound lanes turning […]

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol has released the name of a Navarre woman struck by a car along Highway 87 Wednesday. Valerie Kay Skibo, 49, was walking north along the shoulder of the roadway when a truck struck her from behind. Original March 13, 1:35 p.m.: A Navarre woman was struck and killed by a car […]

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida will now benefit from the Road Ranger program. The Florida Department of Transportation announced State Farm will sponsor the service patrol in this part of the Sunshine State. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

A Gulf Breeze man was killed in an accident along Interstate 10 near mile marker 39 Friday morning when he was thrown from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report, passenger Nykolas Parodi, 21, was killed after a GMC C4 lost control and flipped. The driver of the vehicle over-corrected after passing […]

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

The Navarre man accused of ramming 11 cars along U.S. Highway 98 has been taken into custody by law enforcement, facing 35 different charges. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run and other charges. According to an FHP press release, Weidman is charged […]

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Florida Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run after he allegedly rammed 11 cars on U.S. Highway 98. According to a FHP press release, Weidman has been charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, 12 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 11 […]

Bear struck by cars on 98

Bear struck by cars on 98

Two vehicles struck a black bear on westbound U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The bear was killed by the impacts, but the vehicles involved in the incident late Nov. 14 were undamaged, said Public Affairs Officer Lt. Eddie Elmore. Read the full article in the Nov. 22 issue of […]

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

A Fort Walton man was fatally struck by a car Sunday morning after being thrown from his own vehicle on Highway 87. Zachary McMahan, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. McMahan was driving a 2000 Lexus along Highway 87 north of the NOLF Choctaw Airfield entrance at […]

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

An accident along I-10 near Avalon Boulevard claimed the life of one driver in the early morning hours Friday. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a freightliner tractor trailer traveling eastbound at roughly 2:05 a.m. along I-10 toward mile marker 20, near the exit for Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Traffic along the road had […]

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

It was a Friday to remember for Santa Rosa County Deputy Stephen Clark. He was headed west on Highway 98 in his cruiser, a Dodge Charger, Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. A car driven by Richard Mihailovic of Navarre had pulled into an eastbound turn lane and was approaching the median break. Read the full […]

School bus involved in East Bay accident

School bus involved in East Bay accident

No major injuries were reported following a Santa Rosa County school bus involved accident along East Bay Boulevard Friday morning. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the school bus was traveling west along East Bay in Midway past Bergen Road. A Chevy Silverado driven by Pensacola resident Brian Neal Day Jr. was traveling east past […]

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Traffic heading westbound along U.S. Highway 98 near Sioux Trail had to be rerouted Tuesday morning after a dump truck flipped onto its side in Gulf Breeze. The sluggish detour through neighborhood streets had cars backing up for a distance while the roadway was cleared of the tipped truck and spilled a load of clay […]

Gulf Breeze cyclist critical after hit and run

Gulf Breeze cyclist critical after hit and run

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Jason Linwood Floyd, Jr., age 20 of Milton, was driving his Ford F-150 south in the outside lane of Pensacola Beach Road (SR 399) around 7:15 p.m. Saturday and was approaching Quietwater Beach Road. James Lowell Rockett, age 67 of Gulf Breeze was on his bicycle stopped facing […]

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent […]

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

A fatal crash at the intersection of Panhandle Trail and U.S. Highway 98 Monday claimed the life of Navarre resident Everett Franklin Ruzowski, 82. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ruzowski had stopped his Dodge Caravan in the southbound lane of Panhandle Trail at the traffic light at the road’s intersection with 98 at approximately […]

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Friends and loved ones are grieving the death of Troy Edward Walter, a 46 year old from Navarre, who died after stepping into the path of a car while trying to cross U.S. Highway 98. The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened just after midnight Sunday morning. Jamaal Brewer, age 20 of Pensacola, and his […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]