The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) broke down all of the traffic data it had on all of Florida’s major roads, and it didn’t find any patterns that made sense.
That was the conclusion of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the State Attorney’s Office, which together made the decision in May 2018 not to charge any of the drivers involved in the May 9, 2018 crash in Jacksonville.
The FHP, which said it had conducted its own investigation, determined that the drivers in the crash had the same exact vehicles, with the same vehicle model and the same license plate number, as those that killed 32 people in another fatal traffic crash.
It also found no patterns that could have caused the deaths, according to the statement.
A different FHP spokesperson told ABC News that the agency didn’t make the same determination.
“The FBI was unable to locate evidence of any traffic patterns or other traffic-related events,” the spokesperson said.
“At the conclusion, the FHP determined that there was no evidence to support the use of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) as the sole determinant of whether a driver is in violation of a law or regulation.”
But that was not enough to prevent the FHPD from issuing citations to drivers who had the VINs of their vehicles in violation.
In its statement, the Florida Attorney General’s Office said it didn “support the Fhp’s findings” that there were no patterns or events that would lead to the deaths.
In a statement, it said the FHCP “did not find that the vehicle used in this accident was a legitimate commercial vehicle or was engaged in legitimate highway operation.”
“As part of its ongoing investigation, the FBI was able to obtain a comprehensive review of the data available from FHP to help determine that this was not a commercial vehicle,” the statement read.
The State Attorney, in a statement to ABC News, said that in addition to looking at VIN information, the investigation uncovered “no evidence that there had been any traffic incidents that would have resulted in fatalities due to improper use of a vehicle VIN.”
The FHHP and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) were not available for comment.