Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Scott Lolley, who grew up in Eastpoint and now serves as FHP homicide investigator for the six-county region, was honored April 24 at Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Commemoration in Tallahassee. Bondi recognized Lolley with a special presentation for his emotional support, kindness and dedication to the Pierce family of Tampa, who lost their 18-year-old daughter Amanda in a March 8, 2013 fatal crash on I-10 in Jefferson County.

Pierce died from injuries suffered after she came upon a scene where traffic was stopped on Interstate 10 because of two prior car crashes. To avoid the stopped cars, Amanda swerved her 2001 Acura to the right, traveled onto the shoulder and hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Amanda, who planned to enroll in Tallahassee Community College after high school graduation and study to be a special education teacher, and a passenger were headed to Tallahassee to visit Amanda’s sister, a Florida State University student.

Lolley “was assigned this case and he worked the case, and he went above and beyond when he dealt with the family,” said Capt. Nancy Rasmussen, an FHP spokeswoman. “Bondi said Lolley, a preacher by trade, went to the house, prayed with them, consoled them and did a fine job explaining what happens with traffic homicide.  Thank you Scotty for years of kindness and your professionalism in all that you do.”

Lolley is shown in photo at center, flanked by Bondi, left, and Pierce’s father, Ronald Pierce.