MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN DANIA BEACH CRASH

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office
PIO Number:
21-4-21
BSO Case Number:
02-2104-001256
Date:
April 15, 2021
Time:
4:50 a.m.
Jurisdiction:
Dania Beach
Place of Occurrence:
2000 block of Griffin Road and Interstate 95, Dania Beach 
Driver 1:
Joseph Anthony Babin III, 52, 7/2/68, male, 1115 S.E. Maxwell Lane, Port St. Lucie (DECEASED)
Driver 2:
Brian Belmonti, 46, male, Hollywood

Description of Incident:

A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Dania Beach. Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating the crash that killed 52-year-old Joseph Babin III. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that Brian Belmonti was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on Griffin Road turning left to go southbound on Interstate 95. As Belmonti was conducting the left turn, Babin was riding a 1994 Honda Shadow motorcycle eastbound on Griffin Road, proceeding through the intersection. 

The front end of the Blazer struck the side of the motorcycle and ejected Babin. The Blazer came to a stop at the entrance ramp for Interstate 95. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded and transported Babin to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Belmonti remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

According to witnesses stopped for the eastbound traffic signal, the motorcycle had a steady red light signal. Evidence and witness statements suggested excessive speed was not a contributing factor to this crash. 

The traffic homicide investigation is ongoing. 

INVESTIGATORS:
Dets. S. Williams, C. Greetham THI
Sgt. R. Hager, THI

THIS REPORT BY:
Miranda Grossman/PIO
4/19/2021   0915

Dania Beach; BSFR