POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A Broward Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy has died after a horrific accident in Pompano Beach Wednesday.
Christopher Schaub, 47, was a 22-year veteran of BSO who worked in the Pompano Beach district.
Schaub's body, draped by an American flag, was ceremoniously taken from Broward Health Medical Center Wednesday night as hundreds of officers looked on.
A motorcade with dozens of motorcycle officers led the procession to the medical examiner's office.
BSO said Schaub was fighting for his life before entering surgery Wednesday evening.
"His heart gave out six times. And he was brought back to life, and kept struggling, struggling, struggling to the point he couldn't struggle any more," said Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti.
Schaub leaves behind a son, who is also a BSO deputy, and a daughter.
The accident happened at McNab Road and Andrews Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A woman driving a Mercedes involved in the accident was transported to Broward Health North. Her injuries were not as serious, said police.
Schaub was initially listed in critical condition after being airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center.
It's unclear what led up to the accident, which is under investigation. Witnesses told WPLG-TV they heard the motorcycle pull out of the intersection and then heard a loud bang.
"In the middle of the intersection, (the deputy) was hit by a Mercedes and he went flying up in the air, and, as you can see, the motorcycle is totally destroyed," said one witness.
Dozens of officers from various law enforcement agencies came to the hospital as a show of support.
"If the hundreds of people inside are any reflection, he's a well loved employee, very hard worker, and what we've learned today is, he's a fighter," said Dani Moschella with BSO.
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