PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Lauderhill by the Sea man, Michael Addison, was arrested at St. Lucie County Jail and charged in connection to the deaths of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Zachary Fink, and a truck driver. Addison made his first appearance in a 4 1/2-minute hearing in Port St. Lucie via Zoom on Saturday morning.
According to Dave Kerner, the executive director of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, “We intend to hold the defendant fully accountable for the lives he’s taken and the immeasurable pain he has caused. The Florida Highway Patrol, as well as the loved ones and friends of both Trooper Fink and the driver of the semi-truck, acknowledge that this is not the end of the loss suffered.”
Addison faces several charges from three agencies, including the FHP and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Among the charges are vehicular homicide, felony homicide, and fleeing to elude police with lights and sirens activated.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Keith Pearson stated, “This tragedy could have been prevented if Michael Addison followed the rule of law and complied with law enforcement. Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement, he will be held accountable for his actions.”
According to FHP Col. Gary Howze, the pursuit began when Fink was pursuing a person who was driving a white Kia in a reckless manner and speeding on Interstate 95. The driver attempted to make a U-turn to escape the pursuit and then fled on foot, triggering a massive manhunt. The truck driver involved in the crash has not been identified.
Heather Yokie-Fink, the trooper’s mother, expressed gratitude for the outpour of condolences from the community and shared fond memories of her son. She also mentioned that his younger brother, Joshua Fink, will be coming home from the U.S. Army to attend the services.
Trooper Zachary Fink was known for his big heart, love of the outdoors, and humor. Raised in Lake Worth and Palm Springs, he was engaged to his high school sweetheart and deeply loved by his family.
The arrest of Michael Addison brings some closure to the tragedy, but it does not erase the pain felt by the loss of the trooper and the truck driver. The grieving families and community will remember Zachary Fink as a selfless hero who gave his life in the line of duty.