Florida deputy killed after being hit by wrong way driver

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida sheriff’s deputy who worked as a traffic crash investigator was killed after his car collided head-on with another vehicle early Saturday.

Authorities said John Robert Kotfila, Jr. had just left a hospital where he had been working on an investigation when his vehicle collided with the vehicle of a driver who was heading the wrong way on the Selmon Expressway. The 30-year-old Kotfila was a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The other driver, 31-year-old Erik Thomas McBeth, died at the scene.

Authorities said Kotfila died at the hospital. He had worked with the agency for six years.

The ramp was closed to westbound traffic and servicing eastbound traffic only. Traffic control devices showing the ramp was closed to westbound traffic were working properly.

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