JSO officer injured in deadly crash released from rehab

Chain reaction crash near Dames Point Bridge killed one, injured two others

JSO officer injured in crash released from rehabilitation.
JSO officer injured in crash released from rehabilitation. (JSO)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer who was seriously injured in a deadly crash in April is heading home.

Officer Eric Kilis was driving to work on Interstate 295 on April 15 when he was struck head-on by another driver. After multiple surgeries and weeks of rehabilitation, Kilis was released from Brooks Rehabilitation on Saturday, according to the Fraternal Order of Police, Jacksonville.

“We are so thankful to the amazing staff at Brooks and Memorial Hospital-Jacksonville for their efforts in caring for Eric. Also, a huge shoutout to Florida Transcor, Inc. for donating this sign!” the group wrote in a Facebook post.

On April 15, 2020 Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Ofc. Eric Kilis was traveling to work on I-295 when he was struck head...

Posted by Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville, FL Lodge 5-30 on Saturday, May 2, 2020

One person died and one other was seriously injured in the April chain-reaction crash near the base of the Dames Point Bridge.

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SUV driven by Kilis was one of four vehicles involved.

The crash happened sometime before 7 a.m. when a vehicle that was going northbound crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic coming off the bridge and struck three vehicles.

JSO said the driver who crossed into oncoming traffic was the person who died. That driver’s name was not immediately released.