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Police identify driver who hit officer on Obama motorcade

A Jupiter motorcycle officer was killed while controlling traffic for the presidential motorcade on September 9, 2012.

By Cynthia Roldan, Palm Beach Post –

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have released the identity of the driver who crashed into a Jupiter Police officer Sunday as he tried controlling traffic for the presidential motorcade on Interstate 95.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Susan Holloway, 56, of West Palm Beach, was driving on the 45th Street on-ramp to I-95 when she began accelerating to merge into traffic.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s motorcade was traveling south on I-95 on its way to his campaign stop at the convention center in West Palm Beach.

Jupiter Police Officer Bruce Edwin St. Laurent was heading southbound on a motorcycle as part of the motorcade when he pulled in front of Holloway in an attempt to stop traffic, the report said. That’s when Holloway crashed into Laurent’s motorcycle, which threw him off.

Laurent was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he was declared dead.

Laurent’s motorcycle was caught underneath Holloway’s truck. Investigators say she tried to avoid the crash by “making a heavy brake application.”

Authorities said no arrests have been made in the case, as it is still being investigated.

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