Madison man crossing highway struck, killed by Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputy

Max Bailey. Photos provided.

A 28-year-old man died early New Year's Day after he was struck by a Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputy's patrol car while crossing a highway.

“The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office received a few 911 calls in the city of Trenton,” said Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz. “Two deputies were responding to that call for service. While in route to the call there was a traffic crash involving a Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office vehicle and a pedestrian."

The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened about 1:20 a.m. on U.S. Highway 129. Troopers say Max D. Bailey of Madison crossed the highway in front of a 2015 Chevy Tahoe sheriff's vehicle driven by 35-year-old Deputy Stephen Stalvey.

“He's [Stalvey] been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of this investigation and a subsequent investigation and term investigation by our office to make sure that everything was done appropriately,” Schultz said.

Troopers say Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.

Bailey's family says Bailey was the father of three of children and also raised a stepson. Cousin Mikki Jean Dawson said Bailey was an amazing umpire.

"He is crazy silly and that’s what he’s known for," Dawson said. "There was never a kid that played ball that didn’t love him!"

Because the Florida Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation, the sheriff's office declined to comment whether the patrol vehicle's blue lights were on or the speed it was traveling.

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