“West Palm Beach Police Officer Fernando DeSouza Identified as Victim in Fatal Crash”

By | August 1, 2023

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West Palm Beach police officer Fernando DeSouza, 43, died in a crash involving his cruiser in Boynton Beach. DeSouza served in the Army for seven years and was with the police department for almost 17 years. He leaves behind a son, six siblings, and his parents. The crash occurred at the intersection of Hypoluxo Road and Lawrence Road, and the investigation is ongoing. The West Palm Beach Police Department is awaiting positive identification of the driver. WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm reported

Officer Fernando DeSouza, a West Palm Beach police officer, tragically lost his life in a crash involving his cruiser in Boynton Beach. The 43-year-old officer served in the U.S. Army for seven years, bravely completing tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He dedicated almost 17 years of his life to the West Palm Beach police department.

DeSouza leaves behind a son, six siblings, and his parents. His family, including his nephew WPTV reporter Joel Lopez, is devastated by the loss. The Boynton Beach Police Department received a call about the crash at the intersection of Hypoluxo Road and Lawrence Road around 2:30 a.m.

According to investigators, the marked police vehicle crashed and caught fire, resulting in the officer’s death. Aerial footage from WPTV Chopper 5 captured the charred wreckage being towed away from the scene, along with a large utility pole on the ground.

The Boynton Beach Police Department expressed their condolences to the victim’s family and friends, as well as the West Palm Beach Police Department, during this difficult time. Positive identification of the driver is still pending and may take several days, according to West Palm Beach Police Department spokesperson Mike Jachles.

The loss of Officer Fernando DeSouza is a tragic reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers face every day in the line of duty. The community mourns his passing and honors his dedication and service to protecting and serving the public..

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