Miami Gardens, FL (December 30, 2018) - An officer with the Miami Gardens Police Department was sent to the hospital after his patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. The incident took place on Saturday, December 29th at approximately 3:30 am.
Officer Victor Velez was traveling westbound on the Palmetto Expressway when he was struck from behind by another vehicle. According to reports, the driver was speeding and was impaired by alcohol at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot following the crash. He was later apprehended and arrested.
Paramedics arrived on scene and treated Velez for his injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and has since been released. The Florida Highway Patrol is looking into the crash and no additional information is currently available.
This year, about 250,000 injury accidents will take place. More than 5,000 of these crashes will involve alcohol or drug impairment. In 2016, the state saw 5,223 reported crashes due to alcohol and 617 reported crashes due to drugs. It is clear that impaired driving continues to remain a problem throughout our state. We are certainly glad to hear that the officer in this crash did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
If you or a loved one have experienced the negative effects of drunk driving in Miami or elsewhere throughout Florida, the personal injury attorneys at Rubenstein Law are here to help. We have decades of experience handling cases involving impaired drivers and we know what to look for in order to maximize the value of your case in these unfortunate situations.
Let us help you get back on your feet. For a free consultation, please call us 24/7 at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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