Taylor County, FL - Officer Joshua Sanchez Montaad with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement was killed in a fiery collision on June 6, 2017.
The incident happened just before noon on Tuesday, according to WCTV.
Officer Joshua Sanchez Montaad was in his Ford Expedition patrol vehicle, traveling north on U.S. 19 near Burley Brannen Rd at the time of the collision. The vehicle traveled off of the roadway, onto the east grass shoulder, collided with a tree, and burst into flames.
Officer Joshua Sanchez Montaad, 25, was the lone occupant and killed in the collision. The cause of the collision is being investigated by Florida Highway Patrol, but very heavy rain is believed to be a significant factor.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement:
“Officer Joshua Albert Sanchez Montaad tragically lost his life in a fatal crash while in the line of duty. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of such a dedicated and vibrant man who chose to make selflessly serving others his life’s work.
“I pray for Officer Montaad’s family, loved ones and colleagues during this time of sorrow, and may God be with us all as we grieve."
Leila Grace Montaad posted to Facebook after the incident:
"We love you and will miss you! You are in our hearts forever!
Joshua is now with The Lord in his loving arms, no more pain and stress of work and life . He was in a fatal accident yesterday on his way for a job interview for investigation position which he was aspiring to do in his career but it was raining heavily and he lost control of his car and hit a tree.
He was rushed to the hospital in Perry, Florida, unfortunately he was pronounced dead on arrival. This is a tragedy to our family and we appreciate your prayers, love, and comfort. We don't know yet the funeral plans but will give you an update."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Joshua Sanchez Montaad. Rest easy, hero. We'll hold the line from here.