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BSO deputy, a father of two and a husband, killed in cruiser crash with pickup truck

A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is dead after a 3 a.m. Sunday crash that happened as he was on his way to a domestic violence call, BSO said.
A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is dead after a 3 a.m. Sunday crash that happened as he was on his way to a domestic violence call, BSO said.

Broward sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Nimtz died after a 3 a.m. Sunday crash that happened as he was on his way to a domestic violence call, BSO said.

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Photos from the scene at Southwest 10th Street and Military Trail in Deerfield Beach show a crumpled cruiser and a smashed Toyota Tundra pickup truck. BSO spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright said at a news conference from the scene that both drivers were taken to Broward Health North where Nimtz, 30, died.

Nimtz was married with two kids. He’d been with BSO since March 2018. His Facebook page has pictures of his U.S. Army tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tundra driver Darran Johnson’s injuries, Coleman-Wright said, were non-life threatening.

BSO said Nimitz was in one of two cruisers headed south on Military Trail to a domestic violence call. Johnson in his Tundra was going east on Southwest 10th Street. After the crash, the deputy in the trailing cruiser called for help.

Anyone in the area with information on the crash can call BSO Detective Carlos De Jesus at 954-321-4842.

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