2 killed fleeing Marion Co. deputy

UNDATED (AP) - Authorities say two 18-year-olds were killed during a high-speed chase with a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, James K. Van Wagner lost control of the 1999 Chevrolet Camaro that he was driving when he came upon slower traffic on County Road 329. The vehicle, which was fleeing from the deputy, veered onto a shoulder and collided with a pole and several trees. The car overturned, and both Van Wagner and his passenger, Brandon Cordwin, were ejected.

The car traveled more than 250 feet before coming to a stop.

Cordwin and Van Wagner were both pronounced dead on the scene.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Nurse Location: Alabama on Sep 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    I too feel for the families that lost their loved ones in this situation. With that said, from there I disagree with most of the rest. I am sure the officers involved did not go to work intending on anything like this happening. I am also sure they will never forget what occurred. However, I feel the choice to run was not theirs. That choice was made by the other party. There is no way for officers to know why someone is running...could be murder, assault, drunk, or just a wrong choice. THAT choice is what caused this horrible situation. I salute our officers for risking their lives every day for me and my family. I intend to keep the families of these boys AND the officers (and their families) in my prayers.
  • by KENNY Location: ELBA on Sep 28, 2009 at 02:55 AM
    THOSE DEPUTIES SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER.ITS REDICULIS FOR THEM TO THINK THEY MUST CHASE EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT RUNS FROM THEM. GRANTED THE CAR SHOULDVE STOPPED BUT REGARDLESS THOSE TWO CHILDREN ARE DEAD TODAY AND WONT EVER SEE THEIR FAMILIES OR LOVED ONES AGAIN BECAUSE A COP THINKS HE IS GOD AND HAS THE ATTITUDE OF ILL SHOW THEM WHOS BOSS.WELL GOD HOW BOUT BRINGING THEM BOYS BACK TO LIFE WHERE THEY CAN BE WITH THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS??NOT LIKE THEY WERE MURDER SUSPECTS OR ARMED ROBBERS...THEY WERE SOMEONES CHILDREN AND THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND NOT THE ONLY ONE OF ITS NATURE ROUND HERE DUE TO THE CONTROL ISSUES THAT 85 PERCENT OF OUR POLICE FORCES ARE INFECTED WITH. THE DAYS FOR LETTING THESE PEOPLE DO WHATEVER THEY WANT HAVE GOT TO STOP OR IT WILL PROGRESSIVELY WORSEN..OFFICERS USE WHATEVER SENSE YOU HAVE & IF THE PEOPLE YOUR CHASING ARE NOT WANTED THEN PLEASE LOOSE THE HIGH & MIGHTY ATTITUDE BEFORE YOU KILL SUMEONE ELSES CHILD.HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY AND GOD WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE!
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