Miami-Dade County

Miami police officer recovering after hit-and-run accident

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.

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.