FHP trooper killed has Brooksville ties

Brooksville, Florida - The 30-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was killed in a crash in Ocala Saturday has ties to Brooksville. Trooper Chelsea Richard was once assigned to Troop C - Brooksville District before transferring to Ocala about a year ago, according to a FHP spokesperson.

Richard is the mother of a 4-year-old son and was a 9-year veteran of the FHP. She was killed in the line of duty while working a traffic crash on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

FHP investigators say she died Saturday afternoon after she, a tow truck driver, and another pedestrian were hit by a pickup truck as they stood on the shoulder of the road. All three were killed.

The pedestrian was 55-year-old George Phillips. He was talking to Richard and the tow truck driver trying to help his daughter, who was involved in a fender bender, before they were hit. Richard and the tow truck driver died at the scene. FHP says Phillips, who was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, died on Sunday.

Richard's colleagues say she adored her young son. Trooper Traci Hisler-Pace says, "Her son is adorable. He was hanging on to his mother's neck squeezing tight and I've never seen anything more precious. That will be my last memory of Trooper Richard."

The driver of the truck that hit the victims has not been charged and investigators have not released his name or explained what led up to the crash. Detectives say all of those details are under investigation.


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