By Tom Alberts The Bradenton Herald

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A sheriff’s deputy was killed Saturday morning after blown tire caused a semi tractor-trailer to crash into his patrol car on Interstate 95 in Brevard County.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Kevin Stanton, 32, of Titusville was killed in the crash at 5:10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was a training officer for sheriff’s office and had been with the department for more than a decade, officials said.

The right front tire of the semi, which was loaded with car parts, sustained a tread separation, and the truck veered into the path of the deputy’s cruiser. Both vehicles were southbound near mile marker 227.

A Brevard County sheriff’s deputy was killed in a collision with a semi-truck Saturday on Interstate 95, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the intersection of State Road 50 and Garden Street.

During a news conference broadcast on WESH-TV, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that Stanton was on his way to work.

“It’s never easy when you get that phone call at 5:15 in the morning, telling you you lost one of your own,” Ivey said. “It appears it was an accident — appears it was God calling Kevin home, and we are left here trying to put the pieces together.”

The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation.

©2018 The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Fla.)

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