Florida Trooper Killed in Fiery Crash
Posted: May 17th, 2010 05:13 AM EDT
HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. --
A Florida Highway Patrol officer was killed in a fiery crash on the turnpike Saturday night.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Trooper Patrick Ambroise was parked in his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on the right shoulder near the Okeechobee interchange, when his cruiser was hit in the back by a black Lexus.
Both vehicles caught fire and Ambroise was unable to get out. He died at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus was identified as 19-year-old Jonathan Robert Garcia from Miramar.
He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital with serious but stable injuries.
Ambroise, 35, began his career with FHP in 2006.
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters who are 5 years and 3 months old.
Family friend Maudira Escarment told Local 10's Ben Kennedy that Ambroise was a great husband and father.
"I was shocked when I heard the news. He was always quiet, always quiet, never had a problem with anybody," Escarment said.