OCSO investigates fatality on Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island

Northwest Florida

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is investigating the circumstances involving a fatality that took place around 2:30 Thursday morning on Highway 98 near the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Okaloosa Island.

The sheriff’s office says a man who had been traveling westbound in a car was in the roadway when first responders arrived. He was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

The sheriff’s office released new details Friday identifying the man as a 31-year-old tourist from Gainesville, Texas. However, deputies say the circumstances around his death appear to either involve suicide or are the results of a tragic accident. They say he was arguing with his wife while riding in their pickup truck as a passenger. The wife told deputies he threatened to jump on two occasions. Deputies say the second time, he opened the door and landed on the roadway.

Story updated with new information on 7/23/2021.

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