Osceola deputy cited by FHP for careless driving after fatal October crash

The Florida Highway Patrol has ticketed an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputy for careless driving after a fatal crash she caused in October.

Deputy Gloria Boccio, 29, of Kissimmee, also was cited for not wearing a seat belt.

According to the FHP report, on Oct. 5 at about 8:12 a.m., Robert Johnston, 34, of Clermont, was driving a 2013 Ford pickup truck eastbound in the center lane on U.S. Highway 192, when he stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 192 and Lindfields Boulevard.

For an unknown reason, Boccio, who was driving behind Johnston in a marked Sheriff’s Office patrol car, failed to stop at the light and slammed into the rear of the pickup truck, the patrol report stated.

The impact of the crash pushed the truck into the back of 2019 Dodge van, which then hit the back of a 2012 Ford Focus.

Johnston was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Boccio suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Focus, Euan Hart, 40, of England, also suffered minor injuries.

Nobody else was reported injured.

Sheriff’s Office Major Jacob Ruiz could not say if Boccio will face discipline action.

“OCSO (Osceola County Sheriff’s Office) has received FHP’s report and will continue our internal investigation on this case,” Ruiz said in an email to the News-Gazette. “Because this is an active internal investigation no additional information is available at this time.”

Boccio is currently working in an administrative capacity and not in an enforcement role, Ruiz added.