Services to be held for FHP trooper killed in crash

Brooksville, Florida -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper who served Hernando County was killed responding to an interstate crash over the weekend.

Up until a year ago, Trooper Chelsea Richard worked out of the Brooksville office before transferring to the Marion district. She was responding to a two-car crash on I-75 near Ocala when there was another nearby crash. A truck hit Richard and a tow truck driver, killing both of them.

Here are the services for Trooper Richard according to FHP:

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014

Where: First Baptist Church of Ocala
2801 SE Maricamp Road (SR-464)
Ocala, FL 34471

Under Florida's Move Over Law, drivers must try to change lanes away from a crash. The law says if you can't change lanes, drivers must slow down to 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit to leave room for any emergency responders, including tow trucks and road rangers.

Make sure you put your flashers on if you are in a crash. Also, roadside emergency kits with flares, lights and tools come in handy to warn drivers of what's ahead just be sure not to use flares near any automotive fluids.


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