Miami-Dade County

Police major critically injured in motorcycle crash will survive with prosthetic legs

Chief Robin Duren, Chief of the Operations Administrative Division, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, and Major Ricky Carter, Commander of the Northside District, Miami Dade Police Department, look over plaques received during the ceremony honoring first responders at the Miami Dade College North Campus Friday January 8, 2016. Duren graduated from MDC in 1987 and Carter in 1996.
Chief Robin Duren, Chief of the Operations Administrative Division, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, and Major Ricky Carter, Commander of the Northside District, Miami Dade Police Department, look over plaques received during the ceremony honoring first responders at the Miami Dade College North Campus Friday January 8, 2016. Duren graduated from MDC in 1987 and Carter in 1996. wmichot@miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade Maj. Ricky Carter’s May 7 motorcycle accident cost him his legs. But Carter will retain his arms, the life he came so close to losing and the ability to live independently, Miami-Dade police say.

An update released by the department to the media Tuesday afternoon said Carter remains in the hospital after undergoing surgeries the last few days on his arms. He’ll eventually receive prosthetic legs.

A tourniquet on what remained of his right leg, applied by Westland Hialeah High student Thalia Rodriguez shortly after the crash on Interstate 75, saved Carter’s life by stemming his blood loss long enough for emergency rescue workers to reach him.

The police update described Carter as “alert and in great spirits” and quoted him sending the message to family and friends, “Please tell them I love them and I’m thinking about them.”

While the family acknowledges the public love shown Carter, especially in the Northside District patrolled by his station, they’re asking any visits be postponed to allow Carter proper rest during this stage of recovery.

To help Carter's family with out-of-pocket medical care expenses, online donation pages have been set up at GoFundMe and Police Officers Assistance Trust (POAT) Funds donated on the POAT page all will go to the Carter family, while 92 percent of the GoFundMe donations will, according to Miami-Dade police. POAT donators must click on the “give direct” tab and type “Major Carter” in the remarks section.

A silent auction also will be held. Those wishing to donate items can call Lt. Steve Czyzewski at 786-402-9364.

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

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