DEERFIELD BEACH HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
- BSO Case Number: DB12-11-00147
- PIO Number: 12-11-7A
- Date: Nov. 1, 2012
- Time: 9:38 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 800 block of Southeast 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach
- Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach
- Stacy Peppers, 41, female, 2/14/71, 1100 N.E. 42 St., Pompano Beach
- Bruce Staehle, 59, male, 5/11/53, 441 S.E. 3 Ct., Deerfield Beach (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
Plagued by a guilty conscience, the driver who struck a woman in Deerfield Beach and fled the scene turned himself in to Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives Thursday (Nov. 8) morning.
After details of the incident were released to media on Monday, Nov. 5, a friend of Bruce Staehle, who saw the report on Channel 7, knew Staehle was involved. Wayne Satterwhite told detectives he asked Staehle to use his mother-in-law’s red 2006 Kia Sedona minivan to pick him and other family members up from the airport on Nov. 1. When Staehle arrived at the airport, they saw the front-end damage to the van and questioned Staehle about what happened. Staehle said he hit something, but Satterwhite was not convinced they got the real story. When Satterwhite learned of the hit-and-run, he went to the BSO Deerfield Beach district office to speak with deputies.
Initially Staehle declined to speak with detectives and asked for a lawyer, but early Thursday morning he contacted Traffic Homicide investigators and confessed to the crime.
Staehle said he was scared and didn’t know how to handle the situation, so he fled. He said he watched the report on the Channel 7 website after Satterwhite brought it to his attention and he wanted to clear his conscience. Staehle was booked at the BSO Main Jail today (Nov. 8), facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.
On Nov. 1, Stacy Peppers, 41, was walking to her car with her husband after visiting her mother-in-law at the Monaco Gardens Condominiums. She was crossing the 800 block of southeast 6 Avenue when she was struck.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported Peppers to Broward Health North in critical condition, where she remains in a coma.
- INVESTIGATORS: Det. Wiley, THI; Deerfield Beach; BSFR
- THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 11/8/12 1500