Miami-Dade County

High school teen on bicycle badly injured after being struck by Miami patrol car

A collision between a Miami patrol car and a teenager riding a bicycle on a busy Allapattah street Monday afternoon left the teen badly injured, with fractured bones on his face and his body, police said.

Police said the teen, who was transported to a local hospital, is a student at Miami Jackson High School. The officer is a sergeant on the force for 22 years.

The crash happened at about 3 p.m. on Northwest 36th Street about 30 feet from the 12th Avenue intersection, according to Fraternal Order of Police President Tommy Reyes. Officially, police said the teen was in stable condition. By early Monday evening police had not named the officer or the injured teen.

The officer, who patrols the city’s north end and works out of a station on Northwest 62nd Street, was on duty and on his way back to the station from the city’s motor pool.

Video shown by local television stations showed a badly damaged windshield of a patrol car and a mangled blue bicycle. Miami’s Traffic Homicide Unit will investigate the crash.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
Chuck Rabin, writing news stories for the Miami Herald for the past three decades, covers cops and crime. Before that he covered the halls of government for Miami-Dade and the city of Miami. He’s covered hurricanes, the 2000 presidential election and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. On a random note: Long before those assignments, Chuck was pepper-sprayed covering the disturbances in Miami the morning Elián Gonzalez was whisked away by federal authorities.