Two Florida law enforcement officers died in a car crash while the state made final preparations for Hurricane Irma on Sunday morning.
While it's unclear if the two-vehicle crash was directly storm-related, one of the victims, a Hardee County deputy, was heading home after working at a local hurricane shelter. The deputy has been identified as Julie Ann Bridges, a 13-year veteran with the agency. According to the sheriff's office, she was driving home to pick up items and return to the shelter.
Florida Highway Patrol responded to the two-vehicle crash on State Road 66 and Old Crewsville Road in Hardee County at 6:46 a.m.
Investigators said Ossman was traveling westbound on SR-66 approaching Old Crewsville Road, while Bridges, who was driving a marked patrol car, was traveling eastbound on SR-66. Both vehicles hit each other head-on.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Department of Corrections and their families,” FHP said in a statement.