Answers sought in fatal deputy involved crash

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine whether a Lee County Sheriff's deputy had engaged his siren before crashing into an Ohio couple's vehicle.

The Fort Myers News-Press ( ) reports the sheriff's office also hasn't said how fast Deputy Roberto Torres was travelling when he hit the vehicle on Sunday while responding to a 911 call. The details will be included in the Florida Highway Patrol's report.

Eighty-four-year-old John Steffens died at the scene and his 84-year-old wife Marilyn Steffens died enroute to the hospital. They lived in Pandora, Ohio, and vacationed in Fort Myers. Torres was released from the hospital on Monday.

The sheriff's office says he remains on patrol. A sheriff's committee will review the crash to see if disciplinary actions are needed once the FHP investigation wraps up.

___ Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

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