PIO Number: 17-12-28

BSO Case Number: 90-1712-010443

Date: December 26, 2017

Time: 6:39 p.m.

Jurisdiction: Oakland Park

Place of Occurrence: Andrews Avenue north of Commercial Boulevard, Oakland Park

Charles Zalcberg, 70, 9/15/47
male, 263 Harbor Dr., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Jose Francisco Ortiz, 73
male, Pompano Beach


Description of Incident:

A Lauderdale-By-The-Sea man was struck by a motorist shortly after exiting a Broward County bus the day after Christmas in Oakland Park. Broward Sheriff's Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating the fatal incident.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on December 26, 70-year-old Charles Zalcberg got off a Broward County Transit bus on Andrews Avenue just north of Commercial Boulevard and began to cross the road from west to east. The driver, Jose Ortiz, 73, was traveling east on Commercial Boulevard and turning left to head north on Andrews Avenue when he hit Zalcberg. The elderly victim was struck in the northbound lanes of Andrews Avenue north of the designated crosswalk.

Detectives said Ortiz continued north on Andrews Avenue, and a witness followed him to his house in Pompano Beach. The witness notified BSO, and Ortiz returned to the scene and told deputies he was the driver.

Zalcberg was transported to Broward Health North where he died Tuesday night.

Charges are pending further investigation.

Dets. Morales and Williams, THI
Sgt. Huneke, THI
Oakland Park

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
December 28, 2017 1245

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