Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-7-15A

BSO Case Number: 10-1907-003199 (Update)

Date: July 21, 2019

Time: 3:03 a.m.

Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach 

Place of Occurrence: Military Trail & Southwest 10th Street, Deerfield Beach

Vehicle 1: BSO Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, 30, male, hired 3/19/2018, Deerfield Beach District

Vehicle 2: Darran Joseph Johnson, 32, male, 2/6/87, 951 S.W. 96th Ave., Pembroke Pines 

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a BSO deputy who died after being involved in a crash while on duty early Sunday morning.

Around 3 a.m. July 21, BSO Deerfield Beach Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, 30, was responding, with lights and siren activated, to a call of a domestic dispute. He and another deputy, driving separate BSO vehicles, were headed southbound on Military Trail approaching the intersection of Southwest 10th Street. As the first BSO vehicle made its way through the intersection, it crashed with a Toyota Tundra that was headed eastbound on Southwest 10th Street.  The second BSO deputy, who witnessed the crash, immediately called for help.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported Deputy Nimtz and the sole occupant of the pickup, Darran Johnson, 32, to Broward Health North.  Deputy Nimtz succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Johnson was hospitalized, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating the cause of the collision. Based on the preliminary investigation and the extent of damage to both vehicles, detectives said Johnson was speeding, and his excessive speed was a contributing factor to the crash.

The investigation continues while detectives await the results of Johnson’s toxicology test. 

Anyone who was in the area of the crash and has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact BSO Traffic Homicide Detective Carlos De Jesus at 954-321-4842.

Det. De Jesus, Sgt. Hager, THI Unit

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
July 22, 2019