Gov. signs bill to name stretch of I-295 after fallen officer

JSO Officer Lance Whitaker killed in crash on I-295 at Alta Drive in May 2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Tuesday that will name of stretch of Interstate 295 after a Jacksonville police officer who was killed in a crash.

The bill designates a stretch of I-295 and the East Beltway, as Officer Lance Christian Whitaker Highway. It will take effect on July 1.

Lance Whitaker was killed in a crash on that stretch of I-295 near Alta Drive when his patrol car ran off the road while responding to a separate crash in May 2018.

Whitaker, 48, was a 17 year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.