Florida state trooper and Patchogue native Chelsea Richard honored posthumously in Brookhaven after her death in a car crash
PATCHOGUE - A Florida state trooper originally from Long Island was honored posthumously at Brookhaven Town Hall Thursday, weeks after she was killed in a car accident.
Florida Highway Patrol Master Trooper Chelsea Richard was born in Patchogue and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 2001. After working as a Brookhaven Town Public Safety Officer, she moved to Florida to pursue her dream of becoming a state trooper.
Richard was killed on May 3, a week before she turned 31, while investigating a traffic accident on I-75. Police say she was out of her patrol car when she was hit and killed by a pickup truck. Two others standing by her were also killed.
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Richard's father, Bruce, says the pickup truck's driver was speeding and failed to obey Florida's "Move Over" law. The law requires drivers to slow down and move to the next lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle. As a result of the accident, Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have raised the speed limit in Florida to 75 mph.
At Brookhaven Town Hall, a flag was raised in Richard's memory.
Richard is survived by her 4-year-old son.