A Florida sheriff's department is mourning one of its young deputies who was killed in car crash as he was responding to a domestic dispute, authorities said.
Broward sheriff's deputy Benjamin Nimtz, 30, had his lights and sirens activated when he was heading to the call around 3 a.m. Sunday and collided with a pickup truck, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
A second deputy who had been following in a separate car witnessed the crash and immediately called for help, officials said.
Nimtz died at a hospital. He is survived by a wife and two children, authorities said.
Nimtz was hired in March 2018, according to the department.
A small memorial has now been set up at the crash site, honoring the life of the fallen deputy. @browardsheriff says he was on the force for a little over a year. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family... @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/MFhmEOO44P— Trent Kelly (@TrentKellyWPLG) July 22, 2019
The pickup truck driver, 32-year-old Darran Johnson, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
While the cause of the crash has not been determined, the preliminary investigation has led police to believe Johnson was speeding and that his speed contributed to the accident, officials said. Investigators are awaiting the results of Johnson's toxicology test, authorities said.
"Our hearts are heavy," sheriff's officials tweeted. "We ask for thoughts and prayers."
This morning our hearts are heavy. The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a #BSO deputy who died after being involved in an on-duty crash early Sunday morning. We ask for thoughts and prayers.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 21, 2019
Fellow Florida law enforcement departments took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
We offer our condolences to the Nimtz family and to our brothers and sisters at the Broward County Sheriff's Office on the loss of Deputy Nimtz. pic.twitter.com/FVN2XaXnx0— Coral Gables Police (@CoralGablesPD) July 22, 2019
Sheriff Russ Gibson and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office honor Broward County Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, who was tragically killed this morning. Deputy Nimtz was employed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Nimtz’s family. pic.twitter.com/MoUpcMStZU— Osceola Sheriff (@OsceolaSheriff) July 22, 2019
My deepest condolences are with the @browardsheriff over the tragic loss of one of their deputies this morning. We grieve alongside our brothers & sisters in blue. - Chief Jorge R. Colina @Jcolina67 pic.twitter.com/o8zQPctQ90— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 21, 2019