One of the most skilled riders in the Seminole County Police Department died in the line of duty last week in pursuit of a traffic offender.
Deputy Matt Miller, 53, hit a Volkswagen Jetta while in pursuit around 1:17 p.m. at the intersection of Maitland Boulevard and Gateway Driver in Orlando. The driver of the Jetta, Abel Romero Linfernal, 28, failed to give Miller the right-of-way, according to police reports.
Reta Jackson told Channel Nine Eyewitness News of the accident, “All I saw was people running.”
Emergency responders took both drivers to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Miller was pronounced dead at the hospital, while Linfernal remains in critical condition.
Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said of Miller, “He was one of the highly, more highly skilled motor officers that we had.”
Eslinger expressed his regret when announcing Miller’s death. “Well, it’s with deep sadness that I inform the public this evening of the passing of Deputy Matt Miller,” he said.
That a man who rode motorcycles for a living could so easily perish serves as a grave reminder to all riders. You can never be too alert or too cautious. With all the skill in the world, a deadly motorcycle accident could be only one mistake away.
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