Man fed up with troublesome intersection intentionally causes crash, deputies say

'They won't do anything about it 'til someone dies,' suspect says

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

CLERMONT, Fla. - A man said he was so fed up with dangerous drivers at one particular intersection in Clermont that he intentionally caused a head-on crash to prove a point, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce Homer, 61, told deputies that he saw an  SUV run a stop sign at the intersection of Fosgate Road and Grassy Lake Road around noon on Sunday, so he pulled into the SUV's lane, claiming the SUV should have swerved to avoid him, according to the affidavit.

"People are always running the stop sign at this intersection and since you guys (law enforcement) don't do anything about it, I did," Homer told deputies, according to the report.

Deputies said that Homer went on to say that his wife was nearly hit by a vehicle at that intersection recently and that, "I ran some guy off the road after I saw him blow through the intersection."

As first responders investigated the crash, Homer repeatedly made comments about the dangers of the intersection.

"You guys never do anything about this intersection and I'm sick of it," Homer told officials, according to the affidavit.

Neither Homer nor the two occupants of the SUV were injured in the crash.

After the crash, deputies said Homer went up to the two occupants of the SUV, whose airbags had deployed, and told them, "You ran the stop sign and this is the 10th accident at this intersection and they won't do something about it 'til someone dies."

Deputies also said Homer is wrong about traffic enforcement at the intersection. Lake County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Fred Jones provided News 6 with traffic reports showing that deputies pulled over nearly 70 drivers for traffic infractions at the intersection since January. Most of the infractions were for drivers running the stop sign. 

"Nobody wants to show up to an accident where someone's hurt or killed. So if we can prevent it, we're gonna prevent it," Jones said.
 
Homer has not replied to News 6's request for comment.

Homer was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.

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