An off-duty Miami police officer is recovering after a hit-and-run accident sent him to the hospital Friday night.
Sgt. Marvin Sanders, a 25-year veteran with the department, was at the intersection of Northwest 15th Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street at about 7 p.m. As he headed south, driving a personal motorcycle, on 15th Avenue, he was hit by a driver who was making a left to go west on 62nd Street.
“ [The driver] was thinking he was going to beat all the southbound traffic and [Sanders’] motorcycle came a little quicker than he expected and he just struck [Sanders],” Miami police spokesman Rene Pimentel said.
Police said the driver briefly got out of his car after the accident but drove away from the scene as Sanders remained, injured.
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Sanders was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was in stable condition after suffering a leg injury. Pimentel said that Sanders serves in the North District as a patrol sergeant, and that the officer was going out for a ride to celebrate his birthday weekend.
Police are now looking for a white two-door Chevrolet Caprice that police are describing as an older model of the vehicle. Police have no description of the hit-run driver other than a witness identifying him as male.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-871-8477.