January 21, 2019
Officer hospitalized after cruiser-involved hit and run in Miami

Police are investigating a hit-and-run involving a police cruiser that sent an officer to the hospital.

The crash sent a City of Miami Police officer to the hospital, and now officials are searching for the driver who caused the wreck before fleeing the scene.

According to officials, a City of Miami Police officer was cut off and hit another car, which sent his cruiser crashing into a parked truck outside of a home along Northwest 12th Avenue and 41st Street, Sunday.

“All of a sudden, I heard a big ‘boom,'” said Darrell Nowell, the owner of the home.

Investigators said the driver took off westbound on 41st Street.

“When I came outside, I seen a whole mess everywhere,” said Nowell. “It was just like – it was unbelievable.”

City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene just after 10:47 p.m., Sunday. 

The officer, whose identity has not been released, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was released late Monday morning and is expected to be OK.

7News cameras captured the cruiser smashed and the white truck slammed into the home’s front porch, where a column could be seen knocked down.

Nowell said the crash was a close call. “I sleep right there in that room by where the truck is,” he said. “I thank God for watching over me because if that truck wouldn’t have been there, [the cruiser] would’ve probably came inside the room, and I would have been deceased.”

Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver.