A Florida state trooper is being hailed as a hero that saved dozens of lives after she crashed her patrol SUV into the car of an accused drunk driver that was going to barrel through a community race.
Police said 52-year-old Kristen Kay Watts had driven around numerous roadblocks on Sunday when her car threatened to plow into people running the annual Skyway 10k race.
“This driver had blown past several check points, going around traffic cones, going around other officers and had engaged in high speeds,” said Trooper Ken Watson on Monday.
Instead, 47-year-old Master Trooper Toni Schuck made the split-second decision to drive into Watts’ car to save the runners.
Schuck was left with serious injuries from the high speed collision and is healing from a concussion and a head wound. Watts was also hospitalized.