Trooper riding motorcycle seriously injured in SR-417 crash

FHP investigates crash in Orange County

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured Friday morning in a crash on State Road 417 in Orange County.

The crash, which appears to have been caused by a mechanical issue, happened on S.R. 417 north near Boggy Creek Road.

FHP said the trooper, identified as 35-year-old Jeff Williams, was heading northbound on SR 417 at highway speed when witnesses noticed the front wheel of the bike was engaged in a "high-speed wobble."

"Sometimes it's recoverable, sometimes it's not, and it appears today that it was not recoverable," said Trooper Steven Montiero.

Williams tried to maintain control, slow down and pull over to the side of the road, but he lost control and slid sideways into a pole and was thrown from the bike, according to FHP.

"If he had not clipped the pole, we could have been dealing with more serious injuries here," said Montiero.

Williams, a 14-year veteran with FHP, was taken to Osceola Regional hospital with serious injuries. 

The FHP later said Montiero was alert and in good spirits, but adding that he has a long recovery.

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