OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – An off duty Broward Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a motorcycle accident in Oakland Park on Sunday afternoon.
The sheriff’s department said 45-year old deputy John Blackwelder and a friend were heading west on Commercial Boulevard when a car driven by 75-year old Stajka Vangov pulled out in front of them near NE 3rd Avenue.
“A vehicle made a left turn in front of him. He attempted to avoid the vehicle but unfortunately he couldn’t and crashed broadside into the vehicle,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti. “Unfortunately he was killed here at the scene.”
His friend, who was on another motorcycle, was not injured.
Vangov stopped and waited on the scene for the authorities. The sheriff’s office said she was very shaken up by what had occurred.
Blackwelder, who was wearing his helmet, was originally with BSO from August 2000 until July 2007, and he was rehired January 19, 2010. He leaves behind a loving family including his two children.