A Miami motorcycle officer leading a funeral procession was injured Monday when a driver swerving to avoid one accident caused another, police said.
Police said the driver of a pickup truck struck Officer Juancarlos Erigoyen after he was cut off by an elderly driver behind the wheel of a four-door vehicle.
“This pickup truck, to avoid an accident with that elderly person, swerves, striking this motorman on the funeral escort,” Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno said.
Erigoyen crashed in the southbound lanes of SW 37th Avenue, just south of Flagler Street, at about 12:30 p.m., police said. His motorcycle stayed in the street while the police department’s traffic experts investigated.
Erigoyen, a six-year veteran of the force, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for a possible broken shoulder, according to police.
He was one of several motormen conducting the funeral escort.
Police said they’re trying to find the driver of the sky blue or silver four-door vehicle, who they said kept going, heading north on 37th Avenue, while the officer lay in the street.
“They might not even be aware that they caused an accident, but we do need to talk to that person,” Moreno said.