News: 3 motorcycle riders killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-595 in Fort Lauderdale

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Posted: November 5, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - A multi-vehicle crash in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night left three motorcycle riders dead, according to the Miami Herald.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene in the westbound lanes of I-595 about a half mile east of I-95, at about 10 p.m.

Investigators determined that a Yamaha motorcycle and a Suzuki motorcycle struck each other while heading west on I-595, causing the bikes to fall onto the roadway.  A Lexus IS then hit the Suzuki.  Detectives believe the Suzuki driver was checking on the driver and passenger of the Yamaha when he was hit by an unmarked Broward Sheriff's Office vehicle, a Dodge Durango.  

The three people on the motorcycles were pronounced dead at the scene.  They were identified as the Yamaha driver, 25-year-old Steven William Shearer of Fort Lauderdale, his passenger, 28-year-old Cortney Taylor Walters of Fort Lauderdale, and the Suzuki driver, 30-year-old Edward Charles Benway III of Pompano Beach.  The deputy, who was headed home following a shift at the airport, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening and was transported to Broward Health Medical Center.

Investigators believe the limited visibility at night and the speed of the vehicles, which were all going at or about 65 miles an hour, were contributing factors in the incident. The BSO is continuing its investigation into the wreck and an internal affairs investigation was also initiated.

When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with another vehicle, it can lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities.  So if you have been injured or lost a loved one in such a crash, contact our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers.  We fight for our clients and will work hard to make sure you receive the fair compensation you are entitled to following a traumatic accident. If you would like to schedule a free consultation regarding your individual case, call us at 888-913-4296, text 844-984-1937, or reach out to us online.