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Shawn Paul Montero
Open Thread from OneofaKindPosted April 13th, 2008 09:44 PM
Shawn Paul Montero For all of those who Knew him........There will be a paddle out ............
UPDATE: Viewing Wednesday 5-9pm at Fred Hunters 6301 Taft St Hollywood Fl
Thursday 11 am is Burial
Friday is the paddle out at Haulover north side 6pm......
Three lives were taken in bizarre traffic accidents in Broward County this weekend, including one man who plunged to his death in the same place where a Fort Lauderdale police officer fatally fell a few years ago.
• Shawn Paul Montero, 30, of Hallandale Beach. Montero jumped over a cement wall on Interstate 95, not realizing there was a 65-foot drop beyond it. He fell in the area where Fort Lauderdale Officer Jose Diaz plummeted to his death in 2005 while helping a fellow officer during a traffic stop.
• Darina Snell, 16, of Plantation. Snell was riding a dirt bike he received as a Christmas gift when it crashed into a car in Fort Lauderdale.
• Tahnee M. Lehmann, 39, of Hollywood. Lehmann got out of her car in the middle of Interstate 95 after it had crashed into a wall, only to have another vehicle hit and kill her.
For Montero, Saturday night was spent with friends at a bar. Montero and a friend went to a Pompano Beach bar, where they met up with two women they knew, said Detective Kathy Collins, spokeswoman for Fort Lauderdale police. The four left the bar and headed south on I-95, only to stop in traffic near State Road 84 as a result of several accidents, Collins said. Montero got out of the car at about 12:30 a.m., telling his friend he was going to relieve himself. ''He got out of the car, and put his hand on the divider and leaped over,'' Collins said. ``He probably thought there was a wall, or a road, but there wasn't.'' Montero fell about 65 feet to his death near the railroad tracks. He died less than two weeks after he had turned 30.
His mother, Antoinette Krawczynski, 48, of North Miami, planned to spend Monday picking out a casket. ''Shawn didn't do a whole lot for a living. He got along on his charm, just like his father,'' Krawczynski said. ``Everybody loved Shawn, everybody who knew him.'' Montero's death also brought back memories of another fatal fall near the same location. Fort Lauderdale police Officer Jose Diaz died the night of Oct. 8, 2005, after pulling off to help other officers with a traffic stop. Diaz crouched and crept along the retaining wall when, possibly looking for cover, he jumped over, plunging to his death.