A Miami police officer is in critical condition after a two-car crash in Wynwood.
Officer Carlos Gomez, 26, in his second year with the department, was responding to an emergency call around 4:30 a.m. Monday when the cruiser and a Mazda 6 sedan collided at Northwest 29th Street and Second Avenue, Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said.
The marked police car careened, front first, into a building on the southwest corner of the intersection. The Mazda, driven by 47-year-old Julio Jimenez, had an Uber sticker on the windshield.
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Both drivers were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Gomez’s head and leg injuries put him in critical condition. Jimenez, in stable condition, suffered what might be a broken leg, Miami police said.
While Jimenez’s car had an Uber sticker on the windshield, he wasn’t on a call at the time. His traffic record in Miami-Dade and Broward shows only a careless driving conviction from 2004, for which he paid a $140.50 fine.
Uber issued a statement: “Our heartfelt prayers are with the officer, his family and the Miami law enforcement community during this difficult time.”
Monday marked the second straight day that started with a police officer in critical condition after a crash.
On Sunday morning, Miami-Dade Northside District Maj. Ricky Carter crashed while riding his personal motorcycle off-duty on Interstate 75.