THREE PEOPLE DEAD FOLLOWING MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office
PIO Number:
21-11-7
BSO Case Number:
90-2111-001479
Date:
Nov. 3, 2021
Time:
10:01 p.m.
Place of Occurrence:
Westbound I-595, east of I-95, Fort Lauderdale
Driver(s):
1. Yamaha driver, Steven William Shearer, 25, 7/14/1996, male, 6730 N.W. 26th Way, Fort Lauderdale (DECEASED)
2. Suzuki driver, Edward Charles Benway III, 30, 12/9/1990, male, 1215 N.E. Fourth St., Pompano Beach (DECEASED)
Passenger:
Cortney Taylor Walters, 28, 12/1/1992, female, 6730 N.W. 26th Way, Fort Lauderdale (DECEASED)
Description of Incident:
Three people died following a multi-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the westbound lanes of I-595, approximately one-half mile east of I-95, in reference to a multi-vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that all five vehicles involved were traveling westbound on I-595 when a 2009 Yamaha and 2007 Suzuki struck each other, causing the motorcycles to fall to the ground. BSO traffic homicide detectives said the Yamaha rider and passenger and the Suzuki rider were projected from the motorcycles.
 
Traffic homicide investigators said that due to the limited visibility at night and a lack of time or distance produced because all vehicles were traveling at or about 65 mph, a white 2009 Lexus IS hit the Suzuki motorcycle. Detectives believe the driver of the Suzuki was checking on the driver and passenger of the Yamaha when he was hit by an unmarked BSO unit, a silver 2020 Dodge Durango. The deputy was on his way home after completing his shift at the airport.
 
The three people riding the motorcycles were pronounced deceased at the scene. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported the deputy to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment for his injuries that were not life-threatening. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. Additionally, per BSO policy, an internal affairs investigation will be initiated.

INVESTIGATORS:
THI Dets. C. De Jesus, S. Williams & S. Strzalkowski
THI Sgt. R. Hager

THIS REPORT BY:
Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
Nov. 4, 2021 1355