Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide Over 2016 Crash That Killed Miami Officer - NBC 6 South Florida

Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide Over 2016 Crash That Killed Miami Officer

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    Driver Charged Over 2016 Crash That Killed Officer

    NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports on the charges a man faces over a 2016 crash in which a Miami police officer was killed.

    (Published Monday, March 5, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The driver of the vehicle responsible for a large crash in which a police officer was killed has been charged with vehicular homicide.

    • FHP said the driver should not have been behind the wheel at the time due to a medical condition.

    • The driver's medical condition is not revealed due to health privacy laws.

    The driver who Florida Highway Patrol said was responsible for a 2016 crash that killed a Miami Police motorcycle officer and injured a dozen people has turned himself in and has been charged.

    Ronald Pla, 27, turned himself into authorities Monday afternoon – charged with vehicular homicide.

    The 2016 crash happened at the intersection of SW 8th Street and 137th Avenue. Ten cars were involved in the collision. Officer Jorge Sanchez, 53, was on his way to work when he was struck and killed.

    FHP said Pla should not have been driving at the time due to a medical condition.

    "FHP, along with Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, worked intensely with this investigation and I'm happy we're able to bring closure to the family at this time," FHP Lt. Alex Camacho said. "After discussing with Mr. Pla's doctor it was determined that he should not have been operating a vehicle at the time of the crash because of his medical condition."

    Pla's condition is not revealed due to health privacy laws.

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