• Driver cited in crash that killed Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel nearly a year ago

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    CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The driver who hit Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel is now being cited for the crash.

    STORY: Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel dies after being hit on sheriff's office motorcycle, sheriff says

    Florida Highway Patrol issued the citation to Stephen Schioppa for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

    The final report on the crash investigation could be released this week.

    August 19 will mark one year since the crash. Deputy Zirbel died two days later.

    STORY: Family, friends honor fallen Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel in police memorial service

    Troopers said the deputy was heading south on Blanding Boulevard when a northbound pickup truck towing a lawn trailer turned left and the vehicles collided.

    Deputy Zirbel was thrown from his bike on impact. 

    On Monday, the Sheriff's Office will hold a wreath-laying ceremony in his memory. 


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