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Broward Sheriff's deputy was speeding before crash

Information uncovered in court documents indicates actions by a Broward Sheriff's deputy may have led to the death of an Oakland Park teen last January.

Northeast High School freshman Cara Catlin, 14, was riding in a Honda Civic with her stepsister Heather Meyer, 21, when a Sheriff's deputy cruiser plowed as they tried to make a left turn from North Dixie Highway onto 56th Street.

An investigation into the accident reveals that Deputy Frank McCurrie, 21, was traveling at 89 miles per hour, more than twice the posted limit, when he slammed in Meyer's car killing Catlin. At the time of the accident McCurrie was heading to a traffic stop to back up another deputy.

Witnesses said McCurrie did not have his emergency lights or sirens on at the time of the crash. BSO said under their policy he was not required to have them on. They added that McCurrie had the right of way because Meyer was turnin.

McCurrie has not been charged with any crime and has been assigned desk duty until the investigation is completed.

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