Charlotte County Deputy Saves Six-Month-Old Baby’s Life After Horrific Accident – Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

Charlotte County Deputy Saves Six-Month-Old Baby’s Life After Horrific Accident – Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

February 16, 2024 – Englewood, Florida

A Charlotte County deputy saved the life of a six-month-old baby after a motorcycle collided with a vehicle at a very high speed.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on February 8, 2024, Charlotte County Deputy Sgt. Dave Musgrove was traveling in the right lane on S. McCall Rd. Close to Spinnaker Blvd. In Englewood. Then a motorcycle passed him, traveling at high speed in the left lane. The speed of the motorcycle was estimated at over 100 mph.

Seconds later, Sgt. Musgrove saw a cloud of dust and smoke ahead of him in the middle area of ​​Dr. Regina. As he approached, it was clear that the motorcycle that had just passed alongside him had collided with a vehicle at this intersection. Sgt. Musgrove immediately activated his emergency lights and reported the incident to dispatch.

When he approached the scene of the accident, he found the wrecked motorcycle, which had settled in the left lane of traffic and was unoccupied. The other vehicle involved was about 25-40 feet away and there was crying coming from inside that vehicle. As he approached, he observed the motorcyclist, the deceased, pinned to the rear window on the driver’s side of the vehicle. As Sgt. Musgrove rushed to check on the victims, and heard the driver screaming at him and pleading for help for her children. Sgt. Musgrove immediately ran around the back of the vehicle and opened the back passenger door, located a little girl and removed her from her booster seat. The mother shouted that she had another child in the back seat as well.

Being the only deputy on the scene, Sgt. Musgrove flagged down a civilian to help hold the first child while he went to locate the second child. Under the deceased motorcyclist, Sgt. Musgrove found a child seat with an infant inside who was apparently unconscious. At this time, some bystanders approached and helped pull the motorcyclist away from the infant and cut the seat belt so Sgt. Musgrove can remove the car seat and check on the baby. The infant had no pulse and was not breathing.

Act quickly, Sergeant. Musgrove removed the child from the car seat and immediately began chest compressions. Although no signs of life were initially observed, Sgt. Musgrove continued to compress his chest until the child finally inhaled deeply. At that time, EMS arrived at the scene, and Sgt. Musgrove turned the child over to them to continue life-saving efforts. A short time later, emergency services told them they had detected a pulse.

“Sgt. Musgrove’s actions are commendable. His poise and calm demeanor in a scene of chaos and tragedy ultimately saved the life of a beautiful child. I would like to thank the bystanders who came to his aid as well, allowing him to focus on the child’s immediate needs. This was a senseless and tragic incident.” A life was lost, but there would have been two if Dave had not been there. However, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the biker’s friends and family and ask that you keep this mother and her children in your prayers.
Sharif Bromell

Although it will be a long road to recovery, the child is alive and receiving treatment thanks to Sgt. Musgrove’s efforts before EMS arrived. Both the other child and the mother are doing well.

Please ride responsibly.

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