Less than three months after losing his legs in a horrific motorcycle crash, a beloved Miami-Dade police major took a swing at a softball from his wheelchair — and connected.
Maj. Ricky Carter, a 21-year veteran who oversaw the county’s Northside District, wheeled his way out to the batter’s box at Tamiami Park on Saturday and took a swing to the applause of dozens of fellow officers and first responders.
As he connected, a fellow officer standing next to him in a red shirt ran toward first base. Others applauded. The charity softball event was to raise money for Carter, who still has to undergo intense therapy and possibly future surgeries.
Saturday’s event at Tamiami Park was organized by fellow officers and included several cops from neighboring agencies and members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
On May 7, Carter crashed his Suzuki motorcycle into a guardrail on Interstate 75 near Northwest 138th Street. He was off-duty and on his way to an event. A good Samaritan who saw the officer on the side of the road pulled over and applied a tourniquet.
Doctors, who later amputated the major’s legs, said the early medical attention from the passerby likely saved his life.
Since then, Carter has remained mostly quiet while recuperating. In June, he released a video thanking the community for its support and saying he was “doing well.”