FHP: Man died in crash while fleeing police

- A man is dead after authorities said he crashed his car along W. Anthony Rd. in Ocala, after being chased by police.  Bits and pieces of car parts and a broken street sign were strewn along the roadway on Wednesday -- all evidence of Monday night's violent crash that claimed the life of Vincent Foster, 28.

Nick Elton,27, heard it and ran to help.  "I went around the other side of the car, and I was able to see in,” He explained. “I could see him in the back seat. You could tell he was gone."  Elton said he knows Foster. He called 911.  "Praying for him,” said Elton. “We're all praying for him."

At around 11 p.m. on Monday, Ocala Police said an officer saw a silver Dodge Neon speeding along NW 1st Ave.  Sgt. Cynthia Barnes, spokesperson for Ocala Police said,  "He observed them fail to stop for at least 4 stop signs. He also observed the vehicle driving at one point, on the wrong side of the road."

The officer pursued for a short while, but he wasn't able to catch up to the car. The officer stopped at the city limits, but, the car kept going.  Florida Highway Patrol said the vehicle lost control and went onto the shoulder. The violent impact snapped both a utility pole and a tree in half. FHP said Foster died on scene.  "We're still investigating it," explained Corporal Shaun Lattinville with the FHP. 

Jason Robinson said he is a good friend of Foster. "It just crushed me, you know? That was a real close friend. He was like a brother to me."  Robinson was at a memorial for his friend when he reflected on Foster's death.  "He was an outgoing dude,” Robinson said.

Robinson said he couldn't't think of any reason why Foster might have run from police.  “I really can't think of no reason right now."  He said he has more questions than answers. "Just, why?" he asked.


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