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Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Route to Check On MIA Officer

Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Route to Check On MIA Officer

June 23, 2010

KEY LARGO — A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Tuesday night when her patrol car crashed while she was on her way to the location of another deputy who could not be reached on his police radio, according to officials.

Deputy Melissa Powers was driving north on U.S. 1 just in Key Largo when she was involved in a single vehicle accident shortly before 10:30 p.m. Details about the accident were not immediately available but officials said Powers was pinned inside her vehicle and had to be extricated. She was rushed to Mariner’s Hospital where she was pronounced deat at 11:30 p.m.

According to officials, the deputy who couldn’t be reached on the police radio was later located. He is believed to have switched his radio to a different channel and was temporarily out of touch with dispatchers. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident that killed Powers.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office plans to release additional information about Powers on Wednesday.

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