Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 14 years
Badge # 267
Cause: Motorcycle accident
Incident Date: 2/11/1999
Master Deputy Steven Roberts succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle as he responded to an accident.
Deputy Roberts had approached a vehicle that was in the left lane and attempted to pass it on the right. As he did so, the vehicle entered the right lane and struck Deputy Roberts' motorcycle, pushing it into a light pole. Deputy Roberts suffered severe internal injuries in the accident and both of his legs were amputated just below the thighs.
A rack of clothes hanging in the back seat blocked the driver's view. The driver's driving record at the time of the accident included 19 citations, including one previous fatal accident. The driver was sentenced to five years in jail in connection with Deputy Roberts' death.
Deputy Roberts had served with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. He is survived by his fiancee and two teen-age sons. His wedding was scheduled to be held three days after his death.