Daniel Rivera, a Broward County, Florida sheriff’s deputy, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday, news sources report. No other drivers were involved in the accident that killed 32-year-old Rivera; he was pronounced dead three days after the crash, sources indicate. Police are currently investigating the matter. It is unclear whether driving conditions or a manufacturing or maintenance defect may have caused the accident.
On the morning of September 11, 2013, Rivera was driving to work at the Pompano Beach district office, sources say. Rain was falling as Rivera headed south on Interstate 95. What happened next is still somewhat of a mystery, but reports say Rivera might have attempted to take the Atlantic Boulevard exit. Investigators purportedly believe that Rivera lost control of his vehicle as he tried to turn. His car left the expressway and struck a tree, sources indicate.
Rivera was rushed to the Broward Health North hospital. His condition remained serious for three days. Sadly, he passed away of his wounds at around 10:20 Saturday evening, sources report. Rivera leaves behind his 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio; his girlfriend, Andrea Mendez; his mother, Miriam Cuin, who is a captain for the New York City Department of Corrections; and his father, Antonio Cuin, who works for the New York City Department of Corrections.
According to reports, Rivera grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied at the High School of Art and Design and, later, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Rivera reportedly started his career as an auxiliary officer in New York. Once he moved to Florida as a 19-year-old, Rivera attended the Florida Atlantic University and began working for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in 2003.
Reports say Rivera spent nearly a decade as a Department of Detention deputy. In May 2012, the department moved Rivera into the Department of Law Enforcement and assigned him to the Pompano Beach district office. From there, he spent his time working as a road patrol deputy.
“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” a sheriff’s spokesperson reportedly said. Rivera, who was described as a loving father, enjoyed working out, dancing, listening to Latin music, and cheering for his favorite baseball team, the New York Mets.
In other tragic news, Michael Arnold II and Tracy Arnold, a married couple from Tampa Bay, were killed after they crashed into each other during a nighttime off-road vehicle ride, sources report. Michael, 36, and Tracy, 40, were reportedly not wearing helmets when their ATV and dirt bike reportedly crashed head-on. They both died at the scene, sources indicate. Police are investigating the accident; it is unclear whether alcohol played a role.
Reports say the crash occurred on Thursday night in an unpopulated section of Hernando County. Michael was driving a Yamaha Banshee ATV and Tracy was aboard a Yamaha YZ85 dirt bike, sources indicate. At some point, the couple appears to have driven head-on into each other from opposite directions, reports say. The crash threw both victims from their vehicles.