Six Miami police officers have been suspended with pay after a fatal accident occurred on May 5, 2020, that killed a 23-year-old and injured two others. The Miami New Times says that Ciarah Ramirez had been driving in Midtown Miami with her husband and a friend when her vehicle was T-boned by a speeding Ford Mustang. The impact from the collision caused Ramirez to be ejected from the vehicle and she was later pronounced dead at the scene.
As for her husband and friend, both were rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. By the time officers arrived at the accident scene, the driver of the Mustang was nowhere to be found. After the traffic incident, the Miami Police Department (MPD) urged anyone who had any information about the driver of the Mustang to come forward. Spokesperson Kenia Fallat assured that investigators were working hard to uncover the identity of the driver.
The news source says that in Fallat’s attempt to reassure the public that the accident was being investigated, she failed to mention one important factor. The source says that officers with the Miami Police Department may have “played a role in the event leading up to the fatal crash.” Apparently, MPD’s internal affairs unit was “looking into whether officers had been chasing the Mustang before if slammed into Ramirez’s SUV.” The source also said that MPD spokesperson Orlando Rodriguez had confirmed that “six officers had been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into the crash.”
MPD only permits officers to engage in a chase when they are attempting to detain a “fleeing violent felony offender,” cites the news source. While no evidence has been released to prove these claims are valid, the investigation is still underway. In the event the officers did play a role in causing that accident to transpire, MPD’s chief says that if anyone violated the department’s policy, they would be held accountable.
As shocking as this news may come, it wouldn’t be the first time a South Florida police officer has been accused of causing an accident.
Back in November 2019, the Miami New Times reported on an incident that occurred back in May 2018 that was allegedly caused by Miami police officers. The news source says that officers supposedly chased a motorcyclist and his wife off the highway, resulting in the death of one of the riders.
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