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Man About Celebrating 42nd Birthday Killed In Fort Lauderdale Crash

A 36-year old Broward deputy was driving his marked Ford Explorer SUV in Pompano Beach when he had struck and killed a bicyclist identified as a 42-year-old Rooney Brown, the Broward Sheriff’s office said.

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“The crash could not have been avoided,” a memo from the Broward County prosecutors said. “There is no evidence that the deputy was driving recklessly.”

The 20-year-old deputy had joined the Broward department in 2012 as an homage to his father, who was killed outside a Pompano Beach drug store.

Police authorities said, the deputy was on North Dixie Highway, near the Pompano Beach Air Park airport and along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, when he struck Rooney. The bicyclist died at the scene.  It was a week before his 42nd birthday.

The sheriff’s office had said the deputy was responding to an alarm but had not activated his lights or his siren.

According to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office memo, a 22-year-old witness said he saw the bicyclist fall onto the track and get hit by the SUV. He said, the deputy did not have time to react. The deputy told investigators that he was traveling at about 35 mph when Rooney fell in front of his SUV and he could not move because another vehicle was to his left.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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