Miami Police Officer Dies in Turnpike Crash

A Miami-Dade police officer has died after a horrific car crash early this morning on the Turnpike.

The officer, 23-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez, was struck on the southbound side of the road just after 4 a.m.

Several officers responded to the scene, finding the Gonzalez's patrol car severely damaged on the driver's side.

Firefighters attempted to save the officer, cutting him from the twisted wreckage of his squad car, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Gonzalez was assigned to Miami-Dade police's Kendall district.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement, saying: "My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Gonzalez's family, his fellow officers and those who knew him as someone dedicated to public safety."

"The Miami-Dade Police Department has lost a fine public servant." McCollum said, according to the Miami Herald.

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