Third person dies in crash that killed trooper, tow truck driver

3 dead in Marion highway accident


MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol says a third person has died after a crash that killed an FHP trooper and tow truck driver.

Troopers said 30-year-old Chelsea Richard was killed Saturday afternoon along with John Duggan.

On Sunday the third pedestrian, 52-year-old George Phillips, died as a result of his injuries from the crash, troopers said.


Richard was a 9-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol and leaves behind a 4-year-old child, troopers said.

Around 1:40 p.m. Saturday troopers arrived at a two car crash on Interstate 75 at mile marker 341.

Troopers said the crash was moved off to the side of the road while they waited for the tow truck to arrive.

Officials said around 2 p.m. Richard was talking to the tow truck driver, identified as John Duggan when a multiple car crash happened in the same area.

Richard and Duggan were pronounced dead on scene. Phillips was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he died.

The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing their investigation into this crash and will announce funeral arrangements for Richard in the next few days.

"We are all heartbroken that Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard, John Duggan and George Robert Phillips were struck and killed yesterday," said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement. "Trooper Richard was killed in the line of duty, working to keep Florida's roadways safe. My FHP Trooper friends are devastated, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Trooper Chelsea Richard, John Duggan and George Robert Phillips as we all mourn their loss."

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