Deerfield Beach, FL – Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Deputy Benjamin “Benji” Nimtz died in a line-of-duty vehicle collision as he was responding to a call early Sunday morning.
The fatal crash occurred at approximately 3 a.m., as the 30-year-old deputy was responding to a report of a domestic dispute, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
Deputy Nimtz was traveling southbound on Military Trail, when he collided with an eastbound Toyota Tundra at the intersection with Southwest 10th Street.
Another deputy witnessed the crash, and immediately called for emergency assistance.
Deputy Nimtz was rushed to Broward Health North, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the Toyota, 32-year-old Darran Johnson, was also rushed to the hospital, and has since been listed in stable condition.
The fatal collision remains under investigation by BSO traffic homicide, but preliminary investigation indicates that Johnson’s excessive speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
“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,” BSO spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright said on Monday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The results of Johnson’s toxicology test are also pending.
"This is a devastating time for all of us," Coleman-Wright told WTVJ. "Right now, we're trying to make sure that the BSO family is aware of this tragedy and take care of his family."
“Our hearts are heavy,” the BSO said in another Facebook post. “We ask for thoughts and prayers.”
Deputy Nimtz had been with BSO for one year and four months, and was assigned to the department’s Deerfield Beach District, the Deerfield News reported.
Prior to his law enforcement career, he served as a U.S. Army sergeant, and completed at least one tour in Iraq, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
He also traveled to Afghanistan and Kuwait during his military service.
Deputy Nimtz leaves behind his wife and two young children, WSVN reported.
A fundraising campaign established to help his young family in the wake of their loss has raised over $13,000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Benjamin “Benji” Nimtz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.