EAST PALATKA, Fla. -- Tim Brown Sr., a candidate for Sheriff of Putnam County was killed in a traffic crash on US 17 Monday night.
Brown was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 North on US 17 around 10:15 Monday night, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. A 2009 Ford sedan being driven by 77-year-old Glorid Adams and a 1991 Ford Escort being driven by 63-year-old Jeffy Miller were traveling South on US 17 at the same time.
Adams' car rear ended Miller's Ford Escort, causing the Escort to hit Brown's truck head-on. Brown's truck continued into a grassy area and then overturned.
As a result of his injuries, Brown died at Putnam Community Hospital after being transported by Putnam County Emergency Medical Services.
Miller was taken by air ambulance to Shands Gainesville with critical injuries. Adams was taken by ambulance to Putnam Community Hospital with minor injuries.
Brown, according to the Facebook page for his sheriff candidacy, was a deputy for the Putnam County Sheriff's Office for 16 years and 1 year as a police officer with the Palatka Police Department. He had taken numerous college classes and was pursuing an AA Degree at St. Johns River State College according to his website.
Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said, "Tim was a good law enforcement officer, a good man, and above all a friend. My heart goes out to his family and they are all in our prayers."
First Coast News