Woman in critical condition after trooper strikes her with vehicle

A 22-year-old DeLand woman is in critical condition Saturday after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper struck her with his vehicle while attempting to chase her in Volusia County, officials said.

Amy Josephine Kuehn, 22, was in the passenger seat of a Ford Mustang driven by her father, 46-year-old Aaron Kuehn, of DeLand, about 1:10 a.m. on Kepler Road when a trooper tried to stop them, according to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes.

A trooper had clocked Aaron Kuehn’s speed at 71 mph in a 45 mph zone, Montes said. A second trooper, Joseph Cameron, 26, also of DeLand, came to assist in the traffic stop.

When Aaron Kuehn pulled over onto Lake Charles Road, Amy Kuehn got out of the car and tried to run away from the scene, Montes said.

That’s when Cameron drove around the Mustang and the other patrol car and toward Amy Kuehn. But as Amy Kuehn fled, she fell down and the left side of Cameron’s Dodge Charger struck her, Montes said.

Medics then took Amy Kuehn to Halifax Medical Center, but she was later transferred to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was last listed in critical condition, Montes said.

Aaron Kuehn was subsequently arrested on a DUI charge and booked into the Volusia County Jail on a $1,000 bond, according to online jail records.

It’s unclear why Amy Kuehn decided to attempt running away from troopers.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident, Montes said.

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