Sergeant Wesley Whitmore was struck and killed by a vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store in Winter Haven.
The elderly driver of an an SUV traveling on an adjacent roadway lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed through a metal barrier, struck a woman and business, then traveled through a parking lot and struck Sergeant Whitmore’s patrol car. The impact pushed the patrol car into the sergeant, who had just exited it.
Sergeant Whitmore had served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years after retiring from the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, his mother, and one sister.