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PIO Number: 17-6-12                              BSO Case Number: 90-1706-006277

Date: June 14, 2017                                 Time: 10:04 p.m.  

Jurisdiction: Oakland Park

Place of Occurrence: 4100 N.W. Ninth Ave., Oakland Park

Driver 1: Genie Ward, 51, female, 5/2/66, 4150 N.W. 12th Ave., Oakland Park (DECEASED)

Driver 2: Whitney Copp, 73, male, Fort Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a fatal crash that happened last night in Oakland Park.

Around 10 p.m. June 14, a Ford Explorer was speeding south on Northwest Ninth Avenue near the 4100 block when the SUV veered off the road and drove onto the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The Ford returned to the road, crossed all three southbound lanes and rolled over. It then crossed the median and was struck by a Chrysler 300.

Initially, BSO Oakland Park deputies and Oakland Park Fire Rescue responded to the scene. Genie Ward, who was ejected during the rollover, was transported to Broward Health North where she was later pronounced dead.

Whitney Copp, who was behind the wheel of the Chrysler, remained at the crash site and was later taken to Holy Cross Hospital as a precaution. He has since been released.

THI detectives suspect impairment contributed to the crash. The investigation continues.


INVESTIGATORS:                                                THIS REPORT BY:

THI Dets. M. Wiley & M. Kelliher                            Joy Oglesby/PIO

Oakland Park, OPFR                                              6/15/17 1435

Posted At: 06/15/2017 02:35 PM

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