A Fort Lauderdale police officer accused of vehicular homicide has been fired for regularly driving more than 100 mph both on and off duty. Officer Alexander Griss, 23, was fired after an investigation showed he drove up to 118 mph on interstates and Broward County roads, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Griss is free on bond on a vehicular homicide charge in the June 19 death of Althea Tobias McKay, 39. Authorities say Griss was driving up to 91mph when his cruiser struck her as she stepped off a curb on a street with a 40 mph speed limit. The impact threw the woman 102 feet.
The department has global positioning system devices in all of its marked police cruisers that record time, location and speed. According to the data pulled from Griss’ Ford Crown Victoria in the month preceding McKay’s death, he was driving over 90 mph at least 90 times on various roads while on and off duty. Included in that are 15 instances of driving faster than 110 mph, mostly on interstates. He reached 118 mph twice on Interstate 595 and 114 mph once on A1A, where the speed limit is 30 to 35 mph, those records show.