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Broward car thief charged in deaths of state trooper, semitruck driver

Michael Addison, 30, faces eight charges related to Friday’s crash that killed Trooper Zachary Fink.
 
Michael Addison, 30, was arrested in Friday's crash that killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a semitruck driver on Interstate 95.
Michael Addison, 30, was arrested in Friday's crash that killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a semitruck driver on Interstate 95. [ St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Feb. 6|Updated Feb. 6

A car thief from Broward County sits in St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office jail after being arrested on five counts of homicide charges among eight charges related to Friday’s death of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

Michael Addison, 30, knows about probation. He’s been on it twice. But if Addison is convicted on even half of the homicide charges stemming from the deaths of Trooper Zachary Fink and a semitruck driver on Interstate 95, prison will be all Addison knows for the rest of his life.

Addison is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide; two counts of felony homicide; two counts of unlawful killing of another human being; one count each of aggravated fleeing with serious injury or death; driving without a license causing serious injury or death; resisting an officer with violence; and fleeing or eluding police with active siren or lights.

That’s just from the Highway Patrol and St. Lucie County. Broward County had an arrest warrant out for Addison on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Addison is being held without bond.

Law enforcement escorts an ambulance carrying Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Fink's body from Lawnwood Hospital on Friday in Fort Pierce. Fink was killed Friday in a crash with a tractor-trailer while trying to catch a fleeing felon on Interstate 95, officials said.
Law enforcement escorts an ambulance carrying Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Fink's body from Lawnwood Hospital on Friday in Fort Pierce. Fink was killed Friday in a crash with a tractor-trailer while trying to catch a fleeing felon on Interstate 95, officials said. [ CRYSTAL VANDER WEIT | AP ]

While the Broward warrant might’ve been the reason Addison didn’t stop, the Highway Patrol said Fink started chasing Addison because he was speeding on Interstate 95 in Friday’s pre-dawn hours. Addison, driving a white Kia, tried to escape Fink with a U-turn and began heading the wrong way against traffic on I-95. When Fink tried to follow, his cruiser and the semitruck collided in the southbound lanes around mile marker 120.

Pursuing troopers, officers and deputies found the Kia crashed about 3 miles away. Addison was taken into custody just after 8 a.m. Friday and booked into jail at 9:21 Friday night.

Fink was 26. As his mother, father and fiancee did, the December 2020 graduate from the Florida Highway Patrol Academy lived in Port St. Lucie.

The Highway Patrol says Addison is from Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, but databases and court records say only that he’s lived over the last decade in Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale and with his parents at their Lauderhill home.

In 2020, Addison got probation after convictions on three cases with charges of carrying a concealed firearm, unlawful use of a false name or identity, unlawful possession of an ID card or driver’s license, defrauding a financial institution; criminal use of personal ID; and grand theft auto.

That was his second time on probation. His first came from burglary and grand theft convictions in 2012.

Addison also owes $1,112 in traffic fines from driving on a suspended license in 2019 and running a red light while driving without a valid license in 2022.

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