MIAMI (WSVN) - A police-involved crash in Miami sent one officer to the hospital, along with one other driver, Monday morning.
That Miami police officer, identified as one-year veteran Carlos Gomez, is now fighting for his life after the crash.
Officials said Gomez, 26, was responding in emergency mode to a priority call just before the crash took place near Northwest Second Avenue and 29th Street, at around 4:30 a.m.
The police cruiser then went off the road and into a building. The impact was so great that items fell off the shelves inside the business.
7Skyforce HD flew over the scene, where a black Mazda with Uber stickers on the windshield could be seen in the middle of the intersection with heavy front-end damage.
“The officer was unconscious at the time when the rest of the officers arrived to assist him,” said Miami Police Department spokesperson Kenia Fallat. “He was trapped. We were able to get him out.”
Investigators believe the officer was driving south on Second Avenue, and the other driver was heading west on 29th Street. “Right now, it’s way too early to tell who was at fault,” said Fallat, “but the crash did take place at the intersection while the officer was responding in emergency mode to a call.”
Gomez was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Police said Gomez suffered leg and head injuries.
The driver of the Mazda, identified as Julio Jimenez, was also transported to the hospital with a possible broken leg. He is currently listed in stable condition with injuries that were not life threatening.
Northwest Second Avenue was shutdown in all directions at 29th Street. Both vehicles have been towed from the scene, and the intersection has since reopened.
An investigation is now underway. Officials said they are currently speaking with possible witnesses and looking through surveillance cameras of businesses in the area to help in the investigation.
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