One person was injured Saturday in a Northwest Miami-Dade County accident when a vehicle collided with two police cars and one pedestrian, news sources indicate. The injured man was not immediately identified in public reports; he was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and so far, no criminal charges have been pressed. Police have yet to determine the cause of the crash.
Reports say the events leading up to the accident occurred around 3:00 Saturday morning. A local officer and a Florida Highway Patrol unit had just responded to an accident scene along I-95 in Golden Glades. The details of that accident, including whether it was a single or multiple car collision, were not immediately available. It does not appear as though anyone was inured in the accident.
As the officer and FHP trooper inspected the scene, another vehicle driven by an unidentified person on I-95 collided with both the police and the FHP vehicle. The car then struck a man who was on foot near the scene. It is not clear whether that man was involved in the first accident or was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If indeed he was simply there by chance, it is not known whether he was using a crosswalk, a sidewalk, or another designated area for pedestrians.
The unidentified man was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown. Reports say no one else was injured in the crash.
In other accident-related news, the Florida Highway Patrol announced that they had issued 19 citations against drivers involved in a series of crashes that occurred on October 5 in Florida’s Gulf Coast, news sources indicate. There were 21 crashes in the area that day, with 52 reported injuries and 22 hospitalizations. Luckily, no one was killed. An investigation determined that driver error and poor weather condition contributed to the crashes, though it is not clear why so many drivers would make mistakes in the same area on the same day. It remains to be seen whether any of the drivers will be contesting the charges.
Reports say the accidents occurred on October 5 along a stretch of Interstate 75 that runs through Florida’s Gulf Coast. The 21 crashes on I-75 that day forced authorities to shut the road down for nearly six hours. The Florida Highway Patrol began investigating the crashes afterwards and determined that 19 drivers were at fault (whether the investigation involved witness accounts, crash site evidence, or other factors is not publicly known). Those faced with citations were not identified in reports, nor were the types of citations issued specified.
Driver error and poor weather conditions were major causes of the 26,233 car accidents in Broward County, 13,410 in Palm Beach County, and 43,260 in Miami-Dade County that occurred in 2010, the most current year authorities have released records for. Driver distractions, such as talking on a cell phone, was and is also a leading cause of traffic accidents.