News: Charges announced in crash that killed Hillsborough County deputy

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL – Charges have been announced in the case of a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a crash earlier this month.

This is an update to a previous story .

WTSP reports 28-year-old Travis Garrett will face a charge of first-degree premeditated murder of a law enforcement officer.  Authorities say he intentionally drove into the cruiser of Master Corporal Brian LaVigne on Jan. 11. LaVigne, 54, was a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and was one shift away from retirement when he died in the line of duty.

The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office said Garrett will be prosecuted under the most serious charge in Florida law. He faces nine felony charges in all, including fleeing to elude, vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.   was due to go before a judge on Friday.

When a loved one has died as the result of someone else’s negligence, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for the tragic loss they are suffering. The Hillsborough County Wrongful Death Attorneys with Kemp, Ruge and Green can help recover damages such as lost wages of the deceased, lost companionship, medical or funeral expenses and other compensation depending on your situation. You can request a free consultation to discuss your case by calling us today at 727-325-5512 or responding in our online chat box.

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