Pompano Beach

Fort Lauderdale Officer in Patrol Car Fatally Strikes Pedestrian

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A Florida police officer's patrol car fatally struck a pedestrian who was crossing a street Tuesday night, officials said.

The Fort Lauderdale officer was driving his marked patrol car in Pompano Beach as he approached an intersection, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office news release. The light was green, and the officer continued through the intersection, investigators said.

At the same time, Francisco Valdez-Villacres, 30, attempted to cross the street, officials said. He was struck by the police vehicle.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the crash, authorities said. Rescue workers took Valdez-Villacres to a nearby hospital, where he died.

No charges or citations were immediately reported against the officer.

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