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The victims in a fatal Collier County motorcycle crash Sunday were a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy and a Boynton Beach-area woman. 

They were killed Sunday afternoon when a truck driven by a National Park Service park ranger turned in front of their motorcycle in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Hubert Burey, 42, and Jamie Lynn French, 38, died in the wreck, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Burey has been at PBSO since 2004 and leaves two sons, 15 and 5, as well as his parents and a brother, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Monday.

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“Our hearts are broken. It’s our third deputy in three weeks,” she said.

Deputy Pierre Rouzeau and Deputy Gary Flowers, both assigned to the agency’s Lake Worth Beach district, died of natural causes on Jan. 21, the agency said.

Barbera identified French as Burey’s girlfriend.

French was an executive, handling accounts with homeowners’ boards, for Hotwire Communications, a Fort Lauderdale-based telecommunications firm, spokeswoman Karla Thatcher said. She did not immediately know how long French had worked for the company.

“She was a very treasured member of the Hotwire Communications family,” Thatcher said. “We’re working together to come through this tragedy.”

The crash occurred as Burey, with French as his passenger, was heading west on U.S. 41 near the Burns Lake campground and about 35 miles east of Naples.

According to FHP, a 2018 Dodge Ram driven east by Brian Marshall Jones, 43, of Ochopee, pulled in front of the motorcycle.

Burey and French wore helmets, the report said.

The report said Jones was unhurt. His pickup also was hauling a trailer, according to the report. 

The park said in a statement that Jones was on duty at the time of the crash and that he has been placed on administrative leave.

Jones was driving a National Park Service law enforcement vehicle at the time of the crash, according to the report. 

Palm Beach Post staff researcher Melanie Mena and Naples Daily News reporter Jake Allen contributed to this story.

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