A woman died on June 26 in Fort Lauderdale when she was struck by a Broward County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. The pedestrian-car accident occurred about 3:30 a.m., near the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital. The woman had just spent several hours in the hospital for chest pain. She and her boyfriend were crossing the highway to go to a gas station when the accident happened. Neither the boyfriend nor the deputy was injured in the crash.
The woman, who was the mother of five children, died at the scene. The boyfriend said he did not see the patrol vehicle hit his girlfriend because he was walking in front of her.
The Traffic Homicide Unit from Broward County is investigating the accident, according to a spokeswoman for the department. The area where the two were crossing did not have a crosswalk.
The deputy is a corporal with the department and has been with Broward County for 11 years and has one previous accident. There was no one injured in that accident and investigators determined that it could have been prevented.
The boyfriend said he tried to help his girlfriend after she was stuck, but to no avail. He told the local media he believes the deputy was speeding.
While there may not be any criminal charges filed against the deputy, he could be named as a defendant in a civil case by the decedent’s family. In addition, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office could also be named. The family could sue for wrongful death, loss of consort, funeral expenses and other damages.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. A civil case can be filed to hold those accountable for the accident due to negligence or recklessness. You could receive financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other claims.
miamiherald.com, “BSO identifies deputy whose patrol car struck woman who just left hospital” Carli Teproff and Benjamin S. Brasch, Jun. 26, 2013