The Broward Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of a deputy who crashed his squad car on his way to work earlier this month.
Deputy Daniel Rivera, who was 32, died Saturday night at Broward Health North hospital. Rivera’s car veered off Interstate 95 and slammed into a tree on Sept. 11.
“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement.
Rivera is survived by a 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio, and his girlfriend, Andrea Mendez.
According to BSO, Rivera was born in Brooklyn and attended an arts high school in Manhattan. He studied criminal justice in New York and went to Florida Atlantic University. He was an auxiliary police officer in New York City before moving to Florida at 19.
Rivera was assigned to the Pompano Beach district as a road patrol deputy. He spent most of his 10 years with BSO as a detention deputy, before transferring to the law enforcement department in May 2012.
Other survivors include his mother, Miriam Cuin, a captain with the New York Department of Corrections, and father Antonio Cuin, a warden with New York corrections.
Funeral arrangements are being made.
This article was supplemented with information from The Associated Press.