Officer, 2nd Driver Injured in Crash Related to Downtown Miami Chase: Authorities

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 AM EDT
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A Miami Police officer and another driver who crashed in downtown Miami were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition Friday, authorities said. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

A Miami Police officer and another driver who crashed in downtown Miami were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition Friday, authorities said. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

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Officer, 2nd Driver Injured in Miami Crash Related to Chase

A Miami Police officer and another driver who crashed in downtown Miami were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition, authorities said. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

Officer Injured in Downtown Miami Chase: Authorities

An officer involved in an accident in downtown Miami during a police chase has been taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, authorities said. The officer’s damaged car is at the intersection of 29th Street and 12th Avenue in downtown Miami, aerial footage showed. NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral reports.
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A Miami Police officer and another driver who crashed in downtown Miami were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition Friday, authorities said.

At about 3:50 p.m. Miami Police spotted a dark silver, 1999-2000 Nissan Maxima, which they believe was involved in a recent armed robbery, in the area of Northeast 1st Avenue and 17th Street.

Police said they pursued the suspect Nissan for a minutes. The officer who crashed was joining in on the chase when he collided with a four-door white car at Northwest 12th Avenue and 29th Street.

He was driving along 29th Street and flicked on his emergency lights as he approached the intersection, and started to move through the intersection when the crash happened, witness Maryura Avia said.

Avia, who works at a nearby restaurant, said the police cruiser wasn’t speeding, but didn’t see the other car coming. It was driven by a civilian, authorities said.

“And the other car was coming too fast, so it couldn’t stop,” Avia said.

The front of the police cruiser was crumpled. The second car was not as badly damaged.

“Both the officer and the other driver are in stable condition, and they are expected to be OK. They were transported to trauma just for precautionary measures, but they are gonna be OK, luckily,” Miami Police spokesman Officer Rene Pimentel said. “So unfortunately, also, we lost the vehicle.”

Several police patrol cars were at the hospital as fellow officers checked in on the injured officer.

The robbery suspect got away.

The intersection was shut down for a couple of hours before it re-opened.

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