Sergeant Karl Strohsal was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle on I-4, in Volusia County.
Sergeant Strohsal's unmarked vehicle had been involved in an accident
and became disabled in the center lane after he swerved to avoid a
plastic lawn chair that had been placed in the road. He had activated
his emergency lights, exited the vehicle and was standing in front of it
when he observed an SUV approaching at a high rate of speed.
As Sergeant Strohsal attempted to run across the inside lane to the
shoulder, the driver changed lanes at the last moment to avoid striking
the patrol car, but hit the sergeant instead.
The 3 teenagers
who placed the chair in the roadway were convicted of manslaughter. Two
of them were sentenced to 4 years in prison and the third was sentenced
to 9 years.
Sergeant Strohsal had served with the Longwood
Police Department for 18 years and had previously served with the New
York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife,
son, daughter and grandchildren.