Trooper Zachary Fink Killed in High-Speed Chase Crash

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The tragic death of Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Zachary Fink has left the community in mourning. Fink was killed in the line of duty early Friday morning in a high-speed chase that resulted in a collision with a semi-truck, also claiming the life of the semi-driver. The fleeing felon involved in the chase has been taken into custody.

The 26-year-old trooper’s death was confirmed by FHP officials, who held a press conference at Christ Fellowship Church in Port St. Lucie to discuss the details surrounding the tragic incident. According to reports, the fleeing felon attempted to do a U-turn, and Fink, in pursuit, collided with the semi-truck, resulting in the fatal crash.

At the press conference, FHP executive director, Dave Kerner, described Fink as a hero, recounting how Fink’s stepmother had shared that since he was 6 years old, all he wanted to do was help people. The procession carrying Fink’s body, draped in an American flag, from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office was a poignant moment, with rows of saluting servicemen paying their respects.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FHP, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, and SWAT, are investigating the crash. The incident resulted in the closure of all lanes on both sides of I-95, causing traffic delays and prompting officials to advise the public to avoid the area.

Fink’s tragic death serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. The community, as well as leaders such as Senator Rick Scott and Governor Ron DeSantis, have expressed their condolences and support for the Fink family and the entire FHP community. The tragedy comes almost a year after Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed while on patrol on I-95 in Martin County.