Cocoa Police Officer Thankful To Be Alive After Sunday Morning Crash, Driver Suspect Arrested
By Melonie Holt, WFTV // May 3, 2017
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ABOVE VIDEO: “I remember seeing flashes of light and the road passing by. Then (it got) totally blue. There were no sounds, just totally quiet,” said Leitch.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – From his hospital bed, Cocoa motorcycle officer Rickford Leitch recalled the moment he crashed into a Jeep who had cut in front of him.
“I remember seeing flashes of light and the road passing by. Then (it got) totally blue. There were no sounds, just totally quiet,” said Leitch.
The crash happened just after 11 a.m. Sunday at U.S. 1 and Rosa L. Jones Boulevard in Cocoa while Leitch was escorting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Eustis to Wickham Park in Brevard County.
“I knew what was to come. If I turned right, I would have ran into the procession. If I turned left I’d go into oncoming traffic that would have been fatal,” Leitch said.
Leitch made a split-second decision to avoid a direct impact and take his chances in the air.
“At the very last moment I leaped as high as I possibly could, and I can’t remember making contact with the vehicle. I know the front of my helmet struck the windshield,” Leitch said.
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— Melonie Holt (@MHoltWFTV) May 3, 2017