LEE COUNTY, Fla. - WINK News is pushing the Lee County sheriff's office to answer our questions about a deadly crash this weekend involving one of their deputies.
John and Marilyn Steffen were on their way to church when they collided with a Lee County deputy and died. Florida Highway Patrol says John Steffen turned into the path of the officer.
FHP says the deputy was responding to a 911 call at the time of the crash.
Even though this case is being investigated as a traffic homicide, the sheriff's office says 28 year old deputy Roberto Torres is back on the job, and allowed back behind the wheel of a patrol vehicle. And until the results of an investigation are complete, which could take 60 to 90 days, the sheriffs' office remains tight lipped about the details surrounding this fatal collision.
FHP says deputy Roberto Torres had his emergency lights were on but will not comment on whether or not the sirens were on. Witnesses told WINK News there were no sirens.
Lt. Larry King wont tell WINK News exactly what deputy Torres was responding to, whether his siren was on or if deputy Torres was driving over the speed limit.
FHP says his cruiser slammed into John and Marilyn Steffen's Cadillac when they turned into the path of deputy Torres patrol car the Steffens were killed.
We found out there are three different priority codes that dictate the use of emergency lights and sirens ranging from a one to a three. But Lt King will not say what code level was given to the 911 call deputy Torres was responding to.
So we won't know until FHP completes their investigation if the deputy's response was consistent with LCSO policy.
Once it's complete, a safety committee will review the findings and determine if the deputy or any other person in the agency is at fault.