Broward sheriff’s deputy injured during commute

A Broward sheriff’s deputy was critically injured after crashing during his morning commute.

He remains hospitalized Thursday after brain surgery as investigators look into the crash.

Daniel Rivera, 32, veered off the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Copans Road and crashed into a tree sometime before 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Rivera, who was assigned to the Pompano Beach district and was on his way to work, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transferred to Broward health North hospital, authorities said.

The wreckage was spotted by another Broward Sheriff’s Office employee who reported it to authorities.

“It’s unclear at this point what caused the crash,” BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella told Miami Herald news partner CBS4. “The deputy went off the highway in his marked patrol unit, hit a palm tree. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health North, his injuries are serious.”

The accident happened near Gray Taxidermy, a business in Pompano Beach.

“The tree was basically center-line of the car if not on the driver’s seat and it was impacted on the passenger side so that was a very extreme hit,” manager Bill Dobbelear told CBS4.

Friends describe Rivera as a good man and dedicated officer who enjoyed working out and staying fit.

“Everybody at the gym is numb. We don’t know how to react,” one of Rivera’s gym trainers Cham Pierre told the station. “Daniel Rivera is a gentleman. He fits the definition of a martial artist, a very strong individual but super humble.”

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