FORT MYERS, Fla.- More than four months after a deputy-involved crash that killed an Ohio couple on Palm Beach Blvd. in March, the Florida Highway Patrol has found Lee County Sheriff's Deputy Roberto Torres was not at fault.
John Steffen was pronounced deceased on the scene at 9:29 a.m., and Marilyn Steffen was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, where she died at 9:59 a.m. Deputy Torres sustained minor injuries.
FHP found John violated Deputy Torres' right-of-way, as he was responding to a 911 call with his lights on and intermittent use of his siren. According to the report, John drove into the intersection at Mississippi Avenue and SR 80, when Deputy Torres's vehicle collided with the Cadillac DeVille.
The report stated, "D-2 (Roberto Torres), was operating under the authority of the Sheriff's Office to a confirmed 911 call and was found to be in violation of no Florida State Statutes."
The Steffens were reportedly on their way to church at the time of the crash.