published: Monday, October 29, 2012
HCSO deputy hits, kills woman on way to call
LAKE PLACID — A 48-year-old Arcadia woman was killed Saturday night when she walked out in front of a Highlands County Sheriff's Office cruiser on U.S. 27.
that was my mom (by: david stewart - 12/17/2012)
My mom was not a prostitue she was very careful she didn't always make the best choices but she was not stupid and I would appricate it if Evey one would stop saying that she was a prostituteand she had a daughter
Life Or Light (by: MJD - 12/9/2012)
Blame seems to be the jest of this complaint, or shall I call it a debate. A child of God was called upon and this is how we respond. This person will not see her two sons in this lifetime.. So we respond with shallow stereotypical comments on fault or blame.A tragic and unfortunate accident.
Response to "who cares" (by: Monique Adams - 11/5/2012)
It does not matter if that woman was a prostitute or not she is still a human being and a child of God. And truthfully it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. On May 27, 2010, I was arrested by officer Tomblin, he was an APPD then..around 6:30 -7:00am, this man was driving above 60mph in a school zone with me in the back seat handcuffed with NO SEATBELT..i always wondered what was tge rush...and furthermore, when I returned home after 10pm friday night after bonding out my apartment was left unlocked.....like I said it was only a matter of time before something like this happened..in my opinion none of the officers from APPD should be on the highlands county shefiff's department..
Who Cares (by: Guest - 10/31/2012)
Who cares if he had his lights/siren on. Nothing in any of the article says he was doing anything negligent or dangerous. If she would not have been in the middle of the road, she would have not got hit. She was a prostitute and a drug addict who roamed the streets at all hours looking for her next score. It's about time people are held accountable for their own actions.
South Hwy 27 (by: JA - 10/31/2012)
Why? Why are there no lights on this section of Hwy 27? How is it justifiable to stop at this section but continue on at a section below this area? There have been other accidents in this area so when will enough be enough? My condolences’ goes out to the victims’ family and the police officer I am sure they are both grieving. But as far as the county goes the Blood of all these people are on your hands because of your failure to not be fair in your operations.
Where are the Lights? (by: TG - 10/30/2012)
Wonder if the lights that skipped this section of the highway would have made a difference? Why do the lights skip this section away? There are lights before this section and after - lights, darkness, then light again. Lights, Safety, Lives! My condolenes to her family and to the officer having to work through this tragedy.
Lake Placid, FL (by: Carolyn - 10/30/2012)
We're very sad to hear about this accident, however, the problem seems to be not enough lighting in the area around Lake Mirror. This is all too familiar on certain populated stretches of Highway 27. Lighting has been requested in our area of Lake Placid (Highway Park). It seems that our community has been determined "no man's land" because it seems that no one is listening to our pleas for assistance. We've asked the city of Lake Placid and the County to show some consideration to the citizens. The community of Highway Park deserve the dignity of beautification, lighting, upgrades, a fair share of jobs, grants, and funding supported by our tax dollars. We're not asking for a handout, we only ask that some of our tax dollars are utilized to help fund projects for our community as well.
HCSO deputy hits, kills woman on way to call (by: Aquilla Carter - 10/30/2012)
The lighting in that area and other residential areas along US 27 should be evaluated to see if it's sufficient. It's very possible if the lighting was better that Cory Dale Tomblin would have more time to avoid hitting Sherri L. Stewart. This is an issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
HCSO deputy hits, kills woman on way to call (by: Carol Moore - 10/29/2012)
This is very sad. There is not much detail in this article. How fast was the deputy going? Was he using his siren? Was he using flashing emergency lights? Is there a camera on the cruiser's dashboard that recorded what happened? Did he attend to her or did he continue on his call? There is new lighting just south of the Highway Park entrance and none at the main entrance to Highway Park. Why isn't there lighting at this entrance? I wonder if highway lighting would have helped prevent this unfortunate accident?
Robbery in progress call (by: LakePlacid - 10/29/2012)
What a shame, the deputy must of had the light bar activated on his patrol vehicle. Now lies the question of in-dash camera footage, drug and alcohol tests from both the victim and deputy and a determined attorney to sue the sheriffs office and the deputy. These types of accidents are occurring a lot more due to the distractions of lab top computers in patrol vehicles which has hindered the officers ability to focus on obstructions in the road while operating their vehicles at high speeds.
Hwy 27 (by: Evelyn Colon - 10/29/2012)
Would it have helped if there were lights along that section of Highway 27. It is pitch dark at night and you won't see anyone until you are right up on them. You have to go really slow to not miss your turn if you are entering the Highway Park community.
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