UPDATE: Sanitation Worker Dies After Being Hit By BSO Deputy, Deputy Identified
Broward Sheriff’s Office tells Boca Post that, Pedro Lugo-Bello, the sanitation worker critically injured last month in a crash involving a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has died. BSO’s traffic homicide detectives are investigating the incident.
The deputy who struck Lugo-Bello with his cruiser has been identified as Deputy Symone Bullard who has only been with BSO since 2019.
No update on the condition of the sanitation worker who was struck by a BSO patrol vehicle early this morning in Pompano Beach. Boca Post was last told that he was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition.
BSO provided Boca Post with the following update Friday afternoon:
The preliminary investigation reveals that the pedestrian was driving a sanitation truck southbound on North Ocean Boulevard and stopped the vehicle in the shared designated left turn lane in front of a construction site. At the same time, a BSO deputy was driving a BSO marked 2015 Dodge Charger and was heading northbound on North Ocean Boulevard.
As the deputy approached the designated left turn lane, the pedestrian exited his vehicle and stepped into the northbound lane of North Ocean Boulevard, directly into the path of the deputy. The pedestrian was struck by the deputy’s vehicle.
The deputy came to a controlled stop a short distance away and immediately attempted to render aid and reported the crash. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Additionally, the roadway in that area has fully reopened.
Originally reported by Boca Post
POMPANO BEACH, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — Broward Sheriff’s Office tells us that a BSO deputy has hit a pedestrian near 1000 North Ocean Drive sending the pedestrian to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
From Broward Sheriff’s Office:
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 29, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a deputy-involved crash that occurred in the 1100 block of North Ocean Drive in Pompano Beach. The preliminary investigation reveals that an on-duty deputy struck an adult male. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported the individual to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The BSO deputy was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. BSO’s Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash.
Both directions of North Ocean Drive between the 1000 and 1300 blocks are closed at this time. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.
Coincidentally, at the same time, a PBSO deputy hit a pedestrian on I-95 near the Okeechobee boulevard. That pedestrian has been reported deceased at the scene. Sources tell Boca Post the PBSO deputy involved in that accident was on duty but not en route to any call.
Check back here for updates. We will update this story when more information becomes available.
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