Off-duty Titusville officer helps passengers injured in crash

Dog also injured in crash, SPCA says

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - An off-duty Titusville police officer rendered aid to two people who were injured in a crash on U.S. 1 Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Pictures from the scene showed a red sedan with extensive damage and deployed airbags. 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said 18-year-old Stephen Cottle was driving a Mitsubishi shortly before noon when he lost control, traveled over a raised curb and into the grass median. The vehicle hit a sign and overturned several times before coming to a final rest, the report said.

Titusville Police Department officer Jamie Arias, who has been with the department since November, was riding her bicycle in the area when she saw the crash and immediately rendered aid to the man who was ejected. 

Arias was taken to an area hospital because she had the patients' blood on her.

Cottle and Jayci Moore, 18, were airlifted to an area hospital as trauma alerts, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. Troopers said the both victims suffered serious injuries.

An official with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals in Titusville, who was at the crash scene, said that a dog was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. A spokeswoman said the dog's name is Daisy and her pelvis is broken in four places.

"We're waiting to hear back from the two orthopedic surgeons we asked to see who can get her in first and what the cost will be. Someone already called and donated toward her care,” she said.

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