DRIVER ARRESTED IN FATAL CRASH
- BSO Case Number: 07-1704-000810
- PIO Number: 17-5-34
- Date: April 8, 2017
- Time: 8:15 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: near Northwest 79th Avenue & West Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac
- Driver 1: Stephanie A. Pantuliano, 30, female, 5/19/87, 455 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs (IN CUSTODY)
- Driver 2: Bobby H. Russell, 73, male, Boca Raton (DECEASED)
- Jurisdiction: Tamarac
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Stephanie Pantuliano for DUI manslaughter after the death of the elderly man who’s car Pantuliano crashed into April 8 in Tamarac.
Just after 8 p.m. Bobby Russel was driving westbound in the outside lane of West Commercial Boulevard approaching Northwest 79th Avenue on a green traffic light. Pantuliano was exiting a shopping plaza on the south side of West Commercial Boulevard heading north.
Pantuliano’s 2008 Cadillac paused briefly at the crosswalk before accelerating against the red traffic light across West Commercial Boulevard into the path of approaching traffic. Pantuliano’s car struck Russell’s 2006 Scion in the outside, westbound thru lane.
The crash resulted in the serious injury of Russell. He subsequently died from his injuries.
Responding deputies made several observations of impairment on behalf of Pantuliano. The BSO DUI Task Force Unit responded and a blood draw was performed. The traffic homicide investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact BSO Traffic Homicide Unit Det. Anthony Morales at 954-321-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
INVESTIGATORS: Det. A. Morales, THI
THIS REPORT BY: Gina Carter/PIO May 26, 2017 1600
Posted At: 05/26/2017 03:28 PM
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