Volusia Deputy Suspended after 4-vehicle Crash in Edgewater


A Volusia County deputy who was involved in a four-vehicle crash in Edgewater in December has been suspended without pay for 160 hours, according to a letter provided by the sheriff’s office.

Officials said Deputy Cory Freeburn was driving 81 mph without his lights or sirens activated while responding as backup to a non-emergency call in New Smyrna Beach on Dec. 20, when his vehicle collided with another vehicle as they were both entering the intersection of South Ridgewood and Marion avenues in Edgewater.
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Freeburn’s vehicle then traveled across the median and hit two other vehicles that were traveling on U.S. Highway 1.

Three people, including the deputy, were taken to Halifax Medical Center. One passenger had injuries so severe that the Edgewater Police Department initiated a traffic homicide investigation.

Officials said both drivers were at fault in the crash. Freeburn was driving 36 mph over the speed limit, and the other driver, a 76-year-old man, had a blood alcohol level of .106, the report said.

Freeburn’s 2015 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor was totaled in the crash, costing the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office $22,098. Damage to other vehicles involved in the crash cost $9,800. Sheriff Mike Chitwood wrote in the suspension letter that this is the second crash Freeburn has been involved in within 28 months, costing a loss of $48,098.

Details on the first crash Freeburn was involved in were not available.

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