A prison transport officer died in a truck accident in Palm Bay on the early morning of December 20, according to WTSP.com. Reports indicate the 47-year-old male, Officer Jeffrey Farless, died after the van he was driving rear-ended a semi-truck on Interstate 95. The van, owned by a privately contracted company, was nor carrying any other passengers.
“He was dropping an inmate off at the Palm Beach County Jail and was on his way back here,” says US Transport owner Robert Downs. “We’re very saddened. It’s a tough day for us. I’ve known him for over 10 years.”
Investigators believe that the van crashed into the back of the truck as the truck was changing lanes. The truck dragged the van several hundred feet before the driver stopped. The driver, 45-year-old Agron Shembitrak, of Jacksonville, was not injured.
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