Off-Duty BSO Deputy Dies in New Year's Day Motorcycle Crash

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Broward Sheriff's Deputy John Blackwelder.
Broward Sheriff's Deputy John Blackwelder died in a motorcycle crash shortly after noon on New Year's Day, according to the BSO.

The sheriff's office says Blackwelder, 45, was riding his 2010 Honda motorcycle west on East Commercial Boulevard when a 75-year-old woman driving a four-door Cadillac made a left turn into his path at NE Third Avenue.

Blackwelder ran into the Cadillac's rear passenger door, according to the sheriff's office.

Oakland Park Fire Rescue paramedics arrived within minutes of the crash and pronounced Blackwelder dead at the scene.

Blackwelder was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff's office.

Blackwelder was an employee of the BSO from August 2000 to July 2007 and was rehired on January 19, 2010.

He leaves behind two children.

The sheriff's office says it's still investigating the crash.

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Michal suffered from multiple injuries when when a truck with a horse trailer pulled out in front of him. He is unable to work after a motorcycle accident. His family is in need of any financial support during this tragic time you may offer. 


I was there and saw the crash, my heart goes out to his family. It was a terrible accident and affected me greatly. I pray for all those involved in this tragedy. God be with them.


Thank you. I am or was Johns wife of 19 years, The kids and I miss him so much. We were together for 23 years and almost 4 months later it hurts like it was just yesterday.

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