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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

Victim(s): Charles Zalcberg, 70, 9/15/47, male, 263 Harbor Dr., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (DECEASED)

Driver(s): 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.

INVESTIGATORS:                                                              THIS REPORT BY: 

Dets. Morales and Williams, THI                                    Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO

Sgt. Huneke, THI                                                               December 28, 2017             1245

Oakland Park