Port Orange officer recovers after motorcycle crash

Officer's wife dies in New Smyrna Beach crash


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A Port Orange police officer, who was critically injured in an April crash that left his wife dead, is continuing to recover, officials said.

Detective David Fouts was riding his motorcycle with his wife, Jennifer Fouts, when a driver pulled out in front of the couple along U.S. 1 at Skyline Drive in New Smyrna Beach, police said.

The motorcycle then struck the passenger side of the green Prius, causing Fouts and his wife to be ejected.

David Fouts, 45, suffered serious head and leg injuries and was taken to Halifax Hospital. Jennifer Fouts, 39, died at the scene, according to police. 

The driver of the Prius, 83-year-old Lillian Wilson, was also taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Fouts is now undergoing rehab.

"I am proud and excited to share with you that he has made significant progress and has recently been transferred to a rehabilitation facility, where he continues the slow and long journey to recovery," the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association said in a news release. "Dave is still being treated daily and continues to make improvement in his motor and cognitive skills. Though he is communicating and more aware each day, Dave is still in a difficult state and has a challenging road ahead of him."

A GoFundMe page has been created for the couple.


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