Armando Silva, a Hollywood, Florida officer, was injured Monday when he lost control of his motorcycle during a routine traffic stop, news sources indicate. Two other motorcycles were reportedly seen leaving the area of the accident just after it occurred. Silva, 43, was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Police are still trying to identify the two motorcyclists who left the area. So far, no arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. It is not clear whether authorities plan on making any arrests.
Reports say Silva has been a police offer for 18 years and has a decade’s worth of experience as a motorcycle cop. It was not immediately clear whether he has been injured on the job before. Reports say this recent indecent occurred around 2:00 Monday evening along North 35th Avenue as Officer Silva was on patrol on his motorcycle. While attempting to pull over two motorcyclists, he lost control of his vehicle, reports say; however, the circumstances surrounding the accident are unclear.
Silva crashed his bike and the two motorcyclists he was pursuing fled the scene, reports say. Silva remained in the hospital Thursday. His condition remained in critical status. It is not clear when he will be sufficiently recovered to go home or, eventually, rejoin the police force.
Nearby surveillance cameras caught a glimpse of the motorcycles; one was described as a red Suzuki and the other was either a Honda CBR-929 or a Honda CBR-600 with a grayish coat of paint. Reports say the video shows the bikers heading southbound along North 35th avenue following the accident. Police are still attempting to identify the two motorcyclists.
Silva was not the only Florida resident injured in a motorcycle recently. Jennifer Quijano of Fort Lauderdale and Andrew Paul Piccolo of Deerfield Beach were injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday on a boarding ramp off Interstate 95, reports indicate. Quijano, 24, was thrown from the bike and was critically injured, while Piccolo, 31, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Quijano was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center following the accident. It is unclear whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Reports say the accident happened around 3:30 Sunday morning as the two victims traveled along I-95. Piccolo was apparently driving the motorcycle and Quijano was his passenger. As the two traveled along I-95, they boarded an entrance ramp heading southbound. At that point, for unknown reasons, Piccolo lost control of the bike and collided with a roadside barrier. The force of the collision sent Quijano off the bike and over the barrier. She plummeted 15 feet to a roadway below the ramp. Reports say the bikers were not wearing helmets.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed Quijano to the Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Piccolo sustained only minor injuries in the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating, and so far Piccolo has not been ticketed or charged. It is unclear whether detectives believe alcohol or speed played a role in the crash.