Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Prosecutor's Crash Needs Full Inquiry | State Attorney's Investigation Must Answer Numerous Questions | State Attorney's Investigation Must Answer Numerous Questions

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Prosecutor's Crash Needs Full Inquiry | State Attorney's Investigation Must Answer Numerous Questions | State Attorney's Investigation Must Answer Numerous Questions

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OUR VIEW

State Attorney Ed Brodsky told us Wednesday that his office is investigating an early-morning traffic crash -- and, possibly, another collision -- involving one of his prosecutors.

Good. The circumstances surrounding the wreck are questionable, if not suspicious; if the other collision occurred, as alleged by the driver and passengers of another vehicle, the prosecutor was unconscionably involved in a hit-and-run.

The credibility of prosecutor Jessie Weissman, the state attorney's office, the Florida Highway Patrol and Trooper J.M. Flow, who investigated both the confirmed and alleged collisions, are at stake.

Unfortunately, the evidence reported is skimpy and inconclusive. Nevertheless, a thorough, objective investigation is essential.

Here is what occurred:

At 1:30 a.m. July 17, Weissman was driving westbound in the right turn lane on Fruitville Road in Sarasota County, then collided with a brick sign in a landscape median. There were no skid marks on the pavement; Weissman told the trooper she lost control of her sport utility vehicle while trying to turn right onto Cattleman Road. Damage to the front of the SUV was "disabling," the FHP report said.

Two Sarasota County sheriff's deputies happened to be nearby and responded. The FHP trooper arrived soon. They agreed it was the FHP's investigation; the two deputies, and a sergeant who arrived at the scene, were cleared from the site by 1:49 a.m. According to the Sheriff's Office, the FHP didn't ask the deputies for their observations or witness statements.

The report states that Weissman made an "improper turn" but does not show a citation. It adds that Weissman was not suspected of, or tested for, alcohol use. The trooper didn't turn on his dashboard camera to record her actions.

All of this occurred after one of several passengers in another mid-size SUV, which was traveling on nearby Interstate 75, called 911 at 1:01 a. …

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