This has to stop http://staugustine.com/news/2010-01-14/st-johns-deputy-dies-after-9a-crash By Staff Reports and Morris News Service A St. Johns County Deputy on his way to work died this morning after his patrol car was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong way on Florida 9A in Jacksonville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Deputy James Louis Anderson Jr., 44, was pronounced dead at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville after being flown there by helicopter ambulance. Anderson served 20 years in the United State Marine Corps and worked as a deputy in Putnam County before joining the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in March of 2007. He was currently assigned to the Ponte Vedra Municipal Service District. While working in Putnam County, he received a medal for saving the life of a resident by performing rescue breaths that revived a man who had quit breathing. Lt. Bill Leeper of the Highway Patrol said the accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. on 9A about a quarter-mile south of Baymeadows Road. Leeper said a 2003 Honda Element was driving north in the southbound right hand lane when it collided head-on with the deputy's vehicle. The Honda traveled into the median and overturned. The patrol car was found on the west shoulder of the roadway. The Honda's driver has yet to be identified. St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said Anderson was conscious at the accident scene and apparently had even talked to his wife by cell phone before he was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. It took several hours for the other driver to be cut from his vehicle. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. "This was a very violent collision. We don't know yet," what caused the accident, Leeper said. "We're going to take blood and get some toxicology results." Leeper said Anderson was driving to roll call when the accident occurred. Shoar said Anderson's survivors include a wife and four children. "He was a big bear of a guy, a really neat guy. People loved him," Shoar said. "It's just a sad day. It really and truly is." Sheriffs Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said the mood is somber at the Sheriffs Office this morning. When you put your life in the hands of somebody else who backs you up in difficult circumstances every day and then that person disappears, its very traumatic, Mulligan said.