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Miami police officer on way to call critically injured in Wynwood car crash

Prayer vigil for injured officer Major Ricky Carter

A prayer vigil was held for injured Miami-Dade County officer Major Ricky Carter on May 8, 2017 at Northside District Station.
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A prayer vigil was held for injured Miami-Dade County officer Major Ricky Carter on May 8, 2017 at Northside District Station.

A Miami police officer is in critical condition after a two-car crash in Wynwood.

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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.

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.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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