1 dead, 1 officer hurt after crash

SR 100 in Flagler County shut down while police investigate

Published On: Feb 13 2013 07:56:28 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 13 2013 02:43:17 PM EST
BUNNELL, Fla. -

One driver was killed and a Flagler County deputy was hurt in a crash early Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on State Road 100 near West Black Point Road just outside of Bunnell.  The road remained closed for nearly four hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.

IMAGES: Deadly crash west of Bunnell

According to FHP, Deputy Christopher Crego, 31, was headed west responding to an emergency when his cruiser struck the right rear of a westbound van, causing it to overturn into a ditch. The driver of the van, 64-year-old Eduardo Pacheco, of Palm Coast, died at the scene.

The deputy was taken to Halifax Hospital with serious injuries to his head and face, according to the FHP report.

A Flagler County school bus going east on S.R. 100 had yielded to the approaching cruiser that had its lights and siren on, but the bus was hit by debris from the crash. While the windshield was cracked and the bus suffered other damage, no one on board was hurt.

The FHP report says charges are pending further investigation.

It's not known if anyone was injured in the rollover crash, also on S.R. 100, where the deputy was heading when he was involved in this accident.