3 bikers killed in I-595 crash involving Broward sheriff’s deputy – NBC 6 South Florida


Authorities are investigating an accident on Interstate 595 in Broward County that left three bikers dead and involved a deputy in the sheriff’s office.

The five-vehicle crash happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-595, just east of Interstate 95.

Officials at the Broward Sheriff’s Office said a Yamaha motorcycle and a Suzuki motorcycle collided on the highway, knocking the two motorcycles down as well as the Suzuki rider and Yamaha rider and his passenger on the ground.

After the initial collision, a Lexus car struck the Suzuki motorcycle, officials said.

Detectives believe the Suzuki pilot was checking the two people at the Yahama when he was struck by an unmarked vehicle from the Broward Sheriff’s Office driven by an assistant returning home after working at the airport.

The three people who were on the motorcycles were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as Steven William Shearer, 25, of Fort Lauderdale; Cortney Taylor Walters, 28, also of Fort Lauderdale; and Edward Charles Benway III, 30, of Pompano Beach.

The deputy was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic homicide investigators said there was limited visibility at night and a lack of time or distance produced because all vehicles were traveling at or around 65 mph.

The accident is under investigation and, under BSO policy, an internal affairs investigation will also take place, officials said.

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