CLERMONT, FL – A 34-year-old Clermont man is dead after a sheriff’s deputy lacked the decency to observe a red light. This officer, 29-year-old Deputy Gloria Boccio, was so drunk with power that as she approached the intersection she ignored the line of cars in front of her and kept on going. Boccio was heading east in her 2018 Dodge Charger cruiser and smashed into the back of Robert Johnston’s 2013 Ford pickup truck on U.S. Highway 192 near Lindfields Boulevard about 8:15 a.m. This pushed Johnston forward hitting two cars in front of him.
Johnston was air transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where he died. Boccio sustained minor injuries and the drivers of the two other cars were not hurt.
According to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, Boccio was on her way to work when she ran the red light and caused Johnston’s death. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Boccio was hired as a dispatcher in 2014 and became a patrol deputy in May 2017.
Gibson stated Boccio was shaken up by the accident and will be on administrative leave during the course of the investigation. He signed over the “black box” from Boccio’s cruiser which contains data and maintenance history to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
As the investigation gets underway many are wondering if the officer will face criminal charges. Her inability to observe simple traffic laws, like stopping a red light, they are supposed to enforce led to the death of an innocent man. Charges may not come as the cover up begins.
Reports are already coming out about ongoing brake issues with Boccio’s cruises. According to reports, the cruiser was recently in the shop because “someone” reported the brakes failed. A shadow of guilt and blame has now been casted on the dealership that serviced the vehicle because they were unable to duplicate the conditions the driver alleged.
The sheriff when questioned was unable to confirm whether or not the brakes failed. Johnston’s mother wants the truth. Boccio wants to remain blameless. The Lyrical Elitist wants the dashcam footage to be released along with any in-car audio recording just moments before the accident. That is the only way to know the truth.