Delray Beach Police Officer returns after crash that killed fellow Officer

Delray Beach Police

This is an update to a story South Florida News 11 brought you Regarding Lacy Morris, the woman charged with the DUI crash that killed one Delray Beach Police officer and seriously injured another.

According to the Delray Beach Police Department, Officer Bernenda Marc is back to work, returning to light duties. Her return comes three months after she and fellow police officer, Christine Braswell were hit by Lacy Morris, who is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

The two officers were on a 3-day vacation in the Florida Keys and riding on a scooter when a vehicle struck them, killing Christine Braswell and leaving 26-year-old Marc fighting for her life.

Morris is jailed on charges including DUI manslaughter.  Her $170,000 bond was upheld after a judge denied her June bid to have it reduced.

Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Marc will have to be medically cleared before she can return to her former assignment. She stated Marc “still has a ways to go.”

The Department says they are glad to have Marc back with the “family” since she was missed during her absence.

Here is the story we brought you in June:

Lacy Morris, the woman facing DUI charges in the Key West crash that killed a Delray Beach police officer was unsuccessful at getting her bond reduced.

Morris’ $170,000 bond was upheld by Circuit Judge Mark Jones, saying she was both a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Judge Jones said the bond was, “more than reasonable under the circumstances.”

Key West investigators say Morris veered into the path of a 2014 Yamaha Zuma scooter ridden by Officer Christine Braswell, 40, and fellow Officer Bernenda Marc. The officers, both from Lake Worth, were off duty and on vacation.

Morris, who lives in Summerland Key, is accused of smoking marijuana and drinking before driving a Nissan Altima to get fried chicken. Morris had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 after the crash, Key West police said, citing blood test results. The legal limit is 0.08.

After impact, Braswell and Marc were ejected from the scooter and landed beneath the the car Morris was driving.

Morris told investigators she saw the Yamaha, but that she thought it was far enough away for her to turn to get to the store’s parking lot.

Morris, still shackled, looked downward during the hearing. Her father testified that he could lose his house if she were to flee because it’s what he will post as collateral. “She’s not going to go anywhere,” her attorney, Evan Hoffman, urged the judge.

The prosecution’s request to get a DNA sample from Morris was also granted. The prosecution said they will attempt to match her DNA to a marijuana joint found in the car. Her attorney argued that a match wouldn’t prove she smoked that specific joint, only that she touched it.

Bernenda Marc, 26, said her injuries have left her unable to return to work as a Delray Beach police officer or to do military service in the Army National Guard. According to the arrest warrant, Marc’s injuries included a concussion, four fractured ribs and a lacerated spleen.

The “crash left me fighting for my life,” she said that doctors told her that it is “remarkable I survived.”

Braswell told the judge she has “periodic pain and permanent damage that will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

“Some days are harder than the others,” she said.

Braswell joined the Delray Beach police department in 2005, where she specialized in crisis management and teaching younger recruits.

She worked as a field training instructor at the the police academy at Broward College and was the only female sniper on the SWAT Team in Palm Beach County.

Morris’ lawyer confirmed his client is “worried, concerned, devastated.” He said surveillance video from an area gas station will show Morris going under the speed limit, using her turn signal and a “scooter flying by … with no concern where they were going, and hit the car.”

“If it had wings it would be flying it was going that fast,” he said of the officers’ scooter.



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