FHP completes deadly DeLand police crash report

Published On: Jul 12 2013 07:35:11 AM EDT

Marlon Brown.

DeLAND, Fla. -

The Florida Highway Patrol says it has completed its investigation into a deadly crash involving a DeLand officer.

Troopers have sent the finalized report to the state attorney's office to decide whether or not to charge 25-year-old former officer James Harris.

Harris is accused of hitting and killing 38-year-old Marlon Brown with his patrol car in the middle of a field in May.

Police say Brown was fleeing from a traffic stop on May 8 after officers saw him driving without wearing a seat belt.

Brown stopped the car, jumped out and started running away, according to DeLand police.

While running through the field on Delaware Avenue, police say Harris ran over Brown and killed him.

Harris was fired shortly after the crash.

Families living in the neighborhood have demanded answers from authorities, calling Brown's death a "tipping point."

"People are just saying to me and calling me, 'Enough is enough. We need to do something,'" Joyce Cusack said on May 13 after organizing a community meeting.

"I think people have been inspired to go out. We can't just let this die," Gayle Lee told Local 6 on May 13.

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