JOHN DOE’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE
- BSO Case Number: DN02-05-1191 (UPDATED)
- PIO Number: 02-5-28
- Date: May 11, 2002
- Time: 1513
- Place of Occurrence: Westbound lanes of Sheridan St. just west of Dixie Highway in Dania Beach
- Victor Clerge, 67, 10/20/34,male, 321 N. 65 Terrace, Hollywood (DECEASED)
Description of Incident:
A man spotted on a busy roadway late Saturday afternoon in Dania Beach by paramedics, who rushed him to a nearby hospital where he died, committed suicide.
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives identified the man as Victor Clerge, 67, of Hollywood. Clerge was reported missing by his wife, Marie, around 10 p.m. Saturday night. One of Victor Clerge’s out-of-town relatives called the Sheriff’s Office Sunday after learning of the death of an unidentified man in his late 60’s through media reports.
Marie told homicide detectives that her husband had been involved in a car accident about two weeks ago at the same intersection where he was found yesterday. She said he had become very quiet since suffering from a head injury during the April 27th accident.
Following an autopsy, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office determined Clerge’s death was a suicide; however, the exact cause of death is pending further examination. Investigators said the multiple stab wounds were superficial, and they are not believed to be the cause of his death.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dania Beach Fire Rescue workers, en route to Memorial Regional Hospital with another patient, were flagged down by some people who discovered a black man lying in the westbound lanes of Sheridan Street just west of Dixie Highway. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives are still hoping to speak with the couple of people who flagged down paramedics in the hopes of determining how Victor Clerge got from his Hollywood home to the intersection where he was found. Anyone with information on Clerge’s activities prior to his death is asked to call BSO homicide detectives Glenn Bukata or Ricky Libman at (954) 321-4210.
- INVESTIGATORS: Dets. G. Bukata & R. Libman, CI
- THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO