Princess Jocelyn Llanos and Howard Jackson Jr. of Homestead, Florida were killed in an automobile accident Sunday when Llanos, who was driving the wrong direction on the Florida turnpike, collided with Jackson, a FHP report says. Llanos, 24, and Jackson, 47, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol has launched an investigation into why Llanos was driving the wrong direction. It remains to be seen if any legal action ensues between the estates of the deceased.
Reports say the accident occurred around 6:00 in the morning Sunday. Llanos was driving along the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike, somewhere close to Northwest 74th Street, at the time. For reasons that have yet to be revealed, Llanos was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the turnpike. As she drove, her 2006 Nissan Altima collided with Jackson’s 2008 Ford F-150. The FHP says Jackson was wearing his seatbelt and Llanos was not; however, both parties died in the collision. It is unclear whether alcohol played a role in the accident.
Beginning in 2004, sources say, officers had ticketed Llanos as many as 12 times. The traffic violations ranged from improper lane changing to driving under the influence. Reports indicate that either many of the charges had been dropped or that Llanos simply paid the fines.
While the FHP is usually on the law enforcement side of the equation, there are times when its members attract controversy. An unidentified man was shot and killed by Florida Highway Patrol officers following a roadway pursuit in Live Oak, Florida, sources indicate. The identity of the man was withheld in the report, though sources say when officers finally pulled the man over, he emerged from his vehicle with a gun in hand. Reports say that officers had been trying to pull him over a part of a routine traffic stop before the shootout occurred.
Sources indicate the incident started at about 2:00 Sunday evening. An eyewitness told the press that she saw a maroon Dodge truck traveling west along US 90 as a FHP squad car pursued in an attempt to pull the truck over. The witness described the vehicle as driving down the center of the street. “I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I pulled over on the shoulder to let them pass,” the witness told press.
The witness explained that the truck coasted between the eastbound lane and the center of the road in what appeared to be an effort to stop the perusing officer from getting around him. “He was in the eastbound lane when a small white car had to pull onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. We were maybe a quarter of a mile past Camp Weed when they passed me,” the witness said.
When the fleeing truck finally did stop, reports say that the driver emerged with a handgun. It is unclear whether the man fired the gun; however, sources say he was displaying it to the officers. Florida Highway Patrol officers then opened fire and the man was shot around four to five times, reports indicate. He later succumbed to the bullet wounds en route to a hospital in Gainesville.
Reports say that the US 90 at CR 49, right around Lundy Lane, was shut down for a number of hours while the FHP investigated the shooting. An investigation will determine whether any wrongdoing occurred.