Deputy involved in SR 417 wreck weeks after causing fatal crash, troopers say

Crash is third officer-involved crash Tuesday

ORLANDO, Fla. – A little more than a month after striking a pickup truck, killing its driver, an Osceola County deputy has been involved in another crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the crash happened at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday on northbound State Road 417 near State Road 408, which is in Orlando.

Osceola County deputy Gloria Boccio, 29, was driving a 2014 Ford SUV owned by the Sheriff's Office when, for an unknown reason, she failed to slow down to accommodate traffic, the report said.

Boccio, who was in the right lane, swerved left into the center lane to avoid hitting the vehicle that was in front of her, according to troopers. Authorities said the maneuver caused the front of a pickup truck that was in the center lane to hit the rear of Boccio's patrol vehicle.

Troopers said that the impact of that collision caused the front of the patrol vehicle to hit the Mini Cooper that she had been traveling behind in the right lane. The impact from that crash then pushed the Mini Cooper into the back of a Volkswagen, the report said.

None of the drivers involved in the crash were injured. Boccio was ticketed for an improper lane change.

The crash Tuesday marked the second for Boccio in a little more than a month. On Oct. 5, Boccio failed to slow down for stopped traffic on U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee, authorities said. Her Dodge Charger plowed into the back of a 2013 Ford pickup truck, which then hit two other vehicles, according to the report.

The pickup truck driver, 34-year-old Robert Johnston, of Clermont, died as a result of the crash.

Boccio claimed after that crash that her brakes had failed, according to audio recordings obtained by News 6.

This crash was the third officer-involved crash that happened on Tuesday. An Osceola County deputy was injured after being struck on his motorcycle and an Ormond Beach Police Department officer was also involved in a motorcycle crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6/ for updates.