LAKE CITY, Fla. -- The Lake City Police Department says Officer David Broom has been terminated following an internal investigation.
According to a news release from the department, Broom was involved in a crash on September 6, 2011 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and SW Sisters Welcome Road.
Police say Ruby Parker turned in front of Broom and the two collided.
Because Broom and Parker had serious injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to conduct a preliminary traffic homicide investigation.
Investigators said Broom and Parker were not wearing their seat belts.
They said Broom was driving 76 miles-per-hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone.
Broom was cited and his driver's license was suspended.
The department said an internal investigation determined the following: Broom was driving 76 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash, and was not responding to a call for service. He was also not wearing a seat belt. Both actions violated state law and Lake City Police Department policy.
The department said Broom was terminated Friday, June 15, 2012.
"We are not above the law," said Chief Gilmore. "Officers are subject to the same laws as the rest of the community when we are not responding to an emergency call for service. We hold ourselves to a higher standard by enforcing policies that require safe driving behavior and the use of seat belts while in city vehicles."
First Coast News