Road Ranger driver charged after pickup went off Buckman Bridge

Published on May 24, 2023 at 12:42 pm

On Feb. 28 a state Road Ranger driver crashed into another pickup on the Buckman Bridge sending it over the concrete barrier into the river and killing the lone occupant.

The Florida Highway Patrol crash report attributes the 23-year-old motorist-assistance driver as being the one who “operated motor vehicle in careless or negligent manner.” Lydell Alexander Correia on Friday officially was cited with careless driving, according to his court citation.

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Traffic fatality investigations often take a couple of months or more due to the backlog of lab testing that needs to be done in such cases, according to Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Dylan Bryan, who said after the crash that the ranger was on routine patrol at the time.

Read the rest of this story at the Florida Times-Union, a Jacksonville Today news partner.

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