Video above: A preview of the day’s top headlines, predictions The son of the St. Lucie County Sheriff‘s Chief Deputy was taken into custody following a fatal accident on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce, officials said. Fort Pierce police say the incident occurred Feb. 7 at 5:25 p.m., officials said 19-year-old Ryan Luke Hester was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck and heading south on Indian River Drive, when he crossed the northbound lane and collided head-on with a Nissan Altima. Hester and the driver were taken to hospital. Hester suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the 32-year-old driver died. Hester was charged with one count of impaired manslaughter and one count of driving homicide. Brian Hester’s son, who is also running for St. Lucie County Sheriff. Fort Pierce Police Department has been linked to a tragic Feb. 8 car crash that resulted in the death of a young woman. We understand that there are and will be rumors and questions about this, so in the interests of transparency, we wanted you to hear from us first. We know and believe that our justice system is fair, that individuals should be held accountable for their actions, and we continue to pray and ask for prayers for everyone involved, especially the family who lost a loved one. We appreciate your support and respect for our privacy as we work together as a family.” Hester is being held on $200,000 bond.

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The son of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy was taken into custody following a fatal crash on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce, officials said.

According to Fort Pierce police, the incident happened Feb. 7 at 5:25 p.m.

Officials said 19-year-old Ryan Luke Hester was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck and traveling south on Indian River Drive when he crossed the northbound lane and collided head-on with a Nissan Altima.

Hester and the driver were taken to hospital.

Hester suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the 32-year-old driver died.

Hester was charged with one count of impaired manslaughter and one count of homicide while driving a vehicle.

He is the son of Brian Hester, who is also a candidate for St. Lucie County Sheriff.

He released a statement on Thursday morning:

“Last night, my adult son, Luke Hester, voluntarily surrendered to the St. Lucie County Jail for warrants issued by the Fort Pierce Police Department related to a tragic car accident on February 8 and resulting in the death of a young woman. . . held accountable for their actions, and we continue to pray and ask for prayers for everyone involved, especially the family who lost a loved one. We appreciate your support and your respect for our privacy as we go through this together as a family.

Hester is being held on $200,000 bond.

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