September 19, 2017

Miami Police motorcycle officer killed in multi-car crash in southwest Miami-Dade



A City of Miami Police motorcycle officer who was involved in a major crash

Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade has died.


The crash, which happened at the intersection of Southwest 8th Street and

137th Avenue, had the road shut down for several hours and injured a dozen



Miami Police identified the officer as 53-year-old Jorge Sanchez. He was a 21-

year police veteran.


According to the City of Miami Police Department, Sanchez first served as a

patrol officer, then moved onto criminal investigations, and for the last 7 years

he was part of the traffic enforcement unit as a motorcycle officer. 


At a somber news conference Tuesday evening, Chief Rodolfo Llanes 

expressed grief, "[Sanchez] served this department with dignity, strength, and

professionalism. I and all the officers, civilian staff that work here will miss him



Hours after the crash, fellow motorcycle officers led a procession - an

ambulance carrying Sanchez's body - from Kendall Regional Medical Center to

the Medical Examiner's office. 


As word spread of Sanchez's death, Gov. Rick Scott and police agencies

across South Florida sent their condolences to the Miami Police department. 


At least six cars were involved in the crash, with one resting on its side. Debris

was scattered across the intersection.


Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said 12 people were injured, two in critical condition.

Five people were taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center and Baptist

Hospital. Officials have not released their identities.


Police say Officer Sanchez was on his way to work at the Miami Police

Department headquarters. Sanchez was heading eastbound on 8th Street

waiting to turn left on 137th Avenue when he was rear-ended by an SUV,

police said.


Jose Reyes described the harrowing moment when the officer was hit. 


"He flew maybe 25 or 30 feet. That's all I could say. When we responded to the

officer, me and my wife, he wasn't responsive," Reyes said.


Florida Highway Patrol has not identified the driver who hit the officer. They

have not confirm whether speed, drugs or alcohol are factors in the crash.


Alberto Lugo said he was behind one of the cars that was hit. He shared

pictures of the chaotic scene moments after impact.


"It was pretty shocking because the only one we could see in the middle of the

road is the officer. We didn't see the other. Everybody else was still in their

cars," Lugo said.


The President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Javier Ortiz, released a

statement on the death of Officer Sanchez:


"I regret to inform you that Officer Jorge Sanchez has passed away while

performing his duties as a law enforcement officer. Brother Jorge was

riding his MPD motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle. He was

transported to Kendall Regional Hospital. The Fraternal Order of Police

responded to the hospital soon after the crash. Chief Llanes will have a

press conference at Miami Police Headquarters at 1900 HRS. The FOP is

working with the family and the MPD on funeral arrangements. Please

pray for his family. Special thanks to Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire

Rescue, Miami Beach Police and the Florida Highway Patrol for their



Officer Sanchez is survived by his three children, mother, ex-wife, and fiance.

His son, Eric, is also a City of Miami police officer.


 Officer Jorge Sanchez