How an open-container violation
Charlie Shafer died after he was hit by an Orange County deputy's patrol car -- just minutes after he was released from the Orange County Jail.
led to a homeless man's death
Shafer, a 56-year-old homeless man, was crossing John Young Parkway about 3:17 a.m. when the deputy pulled out of the jail parking lot and accidentally ran him over. He died at a hospital.
Shafer had been arrested last year on a open-container violation. He was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $230. He didn't (couldn't?) pay the fine, so a writ of bodily attachment was issued and he was arrested again. He was hit by the deputy's car as he left the jail.
Court records show an amount due of $282, including a $20 charge for the writ.
Read the Orlando Sentinel report here.