On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at approximately 3:10 a.m., a GPD Officer, Sergeant Jeffrey Kerkau, at the end of his shift, was driving home when his vehicle, a GPD patrol car, was involved in a single car accident on SR26, east of SW 175th Street, after he lost control of the vehicle on a wet road. Sergeant Kerkau was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and there were no other vehicles involved in the incident.
Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene and is investigating the crash. Sergeant Kerkau sustained several non-life threatening injuries and was transported to UF Health Shands, where he remains.
Per GPD policy, all crashes involving department vehicles will be reviewed by the Vehicle Incident Review Board.
The Gainesville Police Department family extends our best wishes and prayers to the Kerkau family for a speedy recovery.