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

 
 
By David Neal
 

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

Officer Carlos Gomez, a 26-year-old officer 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 the 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 was driven by 47-year-old Julio Jimenez.

Both drivers were taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ofc Gomez suffered head and leg injuries and was listed in critical condition. Jimenez, in stable condition, suffered what might be a broken leg, Miami Police said.

Jimenez’s car carried an Uber sticker on the windshield, but 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 station Maj. Ricky Carter crashed while riding his personal motorcycle off-duty on Interstate 75. An emergency blood drive is being held Monday until 7 p.m. for Carter and Gomez.