Sheriff's Officials say the man struck by the patrol car of Sgt. Joseph Dunn was walking inside the lane on the roadway when he was struck. FHP continues to investigate.


At 8:20 p.m. a Santa Rosa Sheriff's deputy in a marked patrol car struck a pedestrian at Hwy. 90 just west of Sunset Dr, according to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office. The victim, Bruce Crutchfield, 56, Milton, died at Sacred Heart Hospital as a result of injuries incurred in the accident. The deputy, Joseph Dunne, 45, received no injuries, FHP reports.

The accident happened, according to FHP Sgt. R.L. Padgett as Dunne was driving westbound on Hwy. 90 in the outside lane. Crutchfield was walking westbound with his back to traffic. Troopers say as the patrol car approached the man, the deputy was unable to stop the car in time to avoid a collision. The front of the patrol car hit the pedestrian, according to FHP. The car and the victim came to rest on the north shoulder of the westbound lanes.

Reports say the lighting conditions and dark clothing worn by Crutchfield were factors in the accident.