BSO ARRESTS DRIVER IN FATAL POMPANO BEACH CRASH

PIO Number: 17-11-20 (17-8-25)

BSO Case Number: 90-1708-007955

Date: August 18, 2017

Time: 6:54 p.m.

Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Place of Occurrence: 2700 block of Northeast 14th Street, Pompano Beach

Driver(s):
(1) - James F. Stewart, 80, male, 9/27/36, 1321 N.E. 26th Terrace, Pompano Beach (DECEASED)
(2) - Maxx Bernstein, 29, male, 11/4/88, 10632 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

An arrest has been made in the death of an 80-year-old Pompano Beach driver. On Nov. 26, Maxx Bernstein surrendered himself at the Broward Sheriff's Office main jail. He faces a number of charges including one count of vehicular homicide and four counts of reckless driving.

BSO's Traffic Homicide Investigation Unit determined that the fatal crash happened just before 7 p.m. Aug. 18 when James F. Stewart was headed west on Northeast 14th Street in Pompano Beach and attempted to turn south onto Northeast 27th Terrace. His Lexus was struck by Bernstein's BMW, which was headed east in the right lane. On impact, both sedans left the road and knocked a concrete utility pole from its base.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced Stewart dead. Bernstein was taken to Broward Health North where he was treated and released. Florida Power and Light also came to the crash site to secure the utility lines.

Based on witness accounts and surveillance video, it appears that Bernstein was racing a motorcycle prior to the crash. THI detectives say his BMW was going about 95 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The traffic homicide investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Homicide Detective Anthony Morales at 954-321-4844.

INVESTIGATORS:
Dets. Morales & Clifton, THI
Pompano Beach; PBFR; FPL

THIS REPORT BY:
Joy Oglesby/PIO
11/27/17   1350


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