ORLANDO, Fla. – An Oakland County sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street near the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Jennifer Garringer, 31, of Walled Lake, died in the crash on Universal Boulevard at Convention Circle. She was on vacation with her husband.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Garringer was hit by a 2012 Lexus while she was walking in a marked crosswalk. The Lexus sped off, but a witness followed the driver and brought him back to the scene, troopers said.
Yashpaul Boodram, 25, of Orlando was identified as the driver, according to FHP. He was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. More charges are pending.
Garringer was hired as a forensic lab technician assigned to firearms analysis in 2013. She was promoted to forensic lab specialist II in 2016 where she worked in latent prints analysis.
“Our hearts and prayers are with Jennifer’s family during this difficult time,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “Her contributions to our agency in the forensic lab have helped to close countless investigations and bring justice to victims. She will truly be missed and our agency is a little less vibrant without her as part of the team.”
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Garringer received many accolades and compliments from local agencies. She received a unit citation from the Farmington Police Department for her efforts leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in multiple crimes.
Garringer was a graduate of Wayne State University.
Funeral details have not been made available.