LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Highway Patrol is blaming one of its own for a crash on I-75 last winter that seriously injured a local woman. She was pregnant at the time and lost her un-born child. The trooper will not face criminal charges.
Trooper Gustavo Reyes remains on desk duty at FHP. The report says he was distracted by a message on the computer in his patrol car, and during that distracted moment, he struck the rear of another vehicle.
Crystal McClure suffered serious injuries and her fetus was still-born at the hospital. Her son was not hurt in the rollover; her husband suffered some injuries.
Reyes told other troopers at the scene: It is my fault, I did not see the car, according to the crash report.
The state attorney's office is not going to prosecute Reyes. He does receive a careless driving citation and must appear before a judge.
FHP is conducting a separate, administrative review of Reyes' actions. That investigation is not done yet.