March 23, 2019
1 pedestrian dead, 3 officers injured after Miami Police chase ends in fatal crash

One pedestrian has died and three officers have been injured after a police chase ended in a fatal crash.

Miami Police responded to the accident near Northwest 17th Avenue and 58th Street around 5 p.m., Sunday.

Police said they recognized a red Hyundai involved in an alleged Saturday night armed carjacking and gave chase.

“We were telling officers be on the look out for this vehicle that was taken in a car jacking and then the vehicle was then used in another armed robbery. We recognized the vehicle. We pursued the vehicle,” Miami Police spokesperson Michael Vega said.

According to police, the vehicle carrying the four heavily-armed suspects then struck and killed a woman who was exiting a nearby funeral home.

The chase ended when the car smashed into three other vehicles, including an off-duty police cruiser, slammed into a fence, flipped and came to rest on its roof, police said.

“Our officers responded to where the suspects were and were able to recover several hand guns,” Vega said.

Officials said the three officers suffered minor injuries when they broke the vehicle’s glass windows to pull the suspects out of the upside-down car. They are expected to be OK.

Three of the four suspects are juveniles, officials said.

Police said the four suspects were taken into custody and then transported to an area hospital, where they are expected to be OK.

Police continue to investigate the crash and have closed off Northwest 17th Avenue in both directions.