fhp trooper zachary fink killed in police chase

Zachary Fink spent the final moments of his life on February 2 attempting to apprehend 30-year-old Michael Addison of Lauderdale Lakes. 

St. Lucie County Deputy Cheyenne Benning was part of the team of law enforcement officials trying to catch Addison, who hit the gas when the deputy approached. According to reports, Addison had been driving 60 mph in a 30 mph area.

Addison would top out at speeds close to 140 mph as he evaded police, passing through the intersection of Midway Road and Selvitz Road and eventually ending up on Interstate 95. Accounts indicated that the 30-year-old often drove against traffic in his haste to escape his pursuers. 

The white Kia Addison was driving was found wrecked in the center lane of Commerce Center in Port St. Lucie. He was arrested later that day by the Port St. Lucie Police Department and charged with fleeing and eluding.

During the commotion from the early morning hours, Fink made a U-turn to join the chase, but a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 slammed into his patrol car. The driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while Fink died later at HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital.

“Trooper Fink gave his life to hold the defendant accountable and keep our community safe from harm, and we will work to ensure Trooper Fink’s intent is accomplished,” said Dave Kerner, Executive Director of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Via WPTV.com.

In addition to the charges levied by Port St. Lucie police, Florida Highway Patrol is also charging Addison with two counts of vehicular and felony homicide, two counts of murder during the commission of a felony, and other infractions as well.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is saddened to hear about Fink’s passing in the line of duty. During the hectic aftermath of a car accident, our law firm is here to help you pick up the pieces. We can be reached at (561) 655-1990.