Gloria Adams, Timothy Dale and Jeffrey Miller were in a deadly Palatka, Florida three-vehicle crash on March 12. Dale, a Putnam Sheriff’s candidate, died in the crash, which was reportedly set off by 77-year-old Adams. Miller and Angela Wynn were both injured. No charges have yet been filed as officials continue to investigate the car accident. It is not clear whether Adams has preemptively retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to the police report, the incident occurred on March 12 just after 10 at night. Adams, while driving down U.S. 17 South in her 2009 Ford sedan, allegedly rear-ended a 1991 Ford Escort driven by 63-year-old Jeffery Miller. It is not clear whether the rear-ending was due to a lapse in attention, a sudden stop on the part of Miller, or some other factor.
As Adams’ vehicle struck Miller’s vehicle from behind, Miller’s vehicle crossed the median, blocking 50-year-old Brown’s path. Brown’s 2005 Ford struck Miller’s vehicle, and the impact caused Brown’s vehicle to divert onto a shoulder and flip over.
It is not entirely clear whether Brown was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Adams and Miller were wearing seat belts, as well as Angela Wynn, who was riding in Miller’s vehicle. Brown was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center following the car accident, where he was pronounced dead. Adams sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Putnam Community Medical Center for treatment. Miller and Wynn both had to be flown to hospitals: Millar, in critical condition, was flown to Shands Hospital in Gainsville, while Wynn, who was in stable condition, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center.
Timothy Brown, who served as a police officer for 20 years and leaves behind three children, was one of nine Putnam sheriff candidates. Brown was running as a Republican in the primary, which will take place this August. He reportedly has a family history of police officers: both his father and grandfather served on police forces. On his website, he said that he would “provide the people of Putnam County with the level of service we deserve at a cost we can all afford” if chosen as sheriff.
A friend and co-worker of Brown’s told the press that Brown was friendly and popular. “If you were around him, you just couldn’t help but like him. He always had a smile on his face,” the friend said, calling the accident “tragic.”
This is not the only fatal car accident plaguing Florida this week. Gregory Todd Travers, 41, died in Davie, FL on Monday when his vehicle spun out of control on State Road 84. Travers’ vehicle crashed into a bridge support and flipped over, leaving Travers with lethal injuries. When officials responded to a 911 call and reached the area, Travers’ limping German Shepherd reportedly led them nearly a quarter of a mile to the crash site and helped them navigate the wreckage and locate Travers.
“I think the dog definitely meant to lead them there,” said Davie Batallion Chief Robert Belizaire to the press. “I think he was out there looking for some help.” The dog was taken to the Broward County Animal Shelter following the accident, but was later picked up by Travers’ widow.