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NBC 6 cameras were at the scene near NE 3rd Avenue and 44th Street around 11 p.m. where the deputy’s cruiser was hit by a car.
BSO confirmed that the driver of that car, which rolled over after the collision, was taken to Broward Health North where he later died.
A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured in a crash late Wednesday night in a Deerfield Beach neighborhood that claimed the life of the man driving the car that hit him.
The crash happened near Northeast 3rd Avenue and 44th Street around 11 p.m.
BSO officials said the deputy was responding to a call when a car that was going at a high rate of speed ran a stop sign and struck the deputy's cruiser.
The driver of that car, which rolled over after the collision, was taken to Broward Health North where he later died.
The deputy, identified as 46-year-old Gordon Black, was taken to a hospital in Boca Raton, where he was treated and released.
Family members identified the driver who died as 29-year-old Leonardo Littlejohn.
"He was just sweet," said his sister, Tamarshall Simms. "He did whatever he could to for my mom, brothers, and sisters. He was a very good person."
Family members dispute BSO's claim that Littlejohn's car hit the officer, as his grandmother says she was out on the front porch of her home and claims she saw the whole thing.
"The police came up behind him and pushed him about two blocks," said Reatha Flowers. "All we could see is when the cop hit him, and heard the bang with no kind of sirens whatsoever."
Littlejohn leaves behind a son and owned his own car dealership, according to family members.