Two motorcycle sergeants were injured on a Wednesday night before 9 p.m. near downtown Miami where Interstate 95 meets State Road 836. The two sergeants were in a motorcade escorting President Barack Obama to the Miami International Airport. The motorcade was leaving Miami Beach when the accident occurred. The president had attended an evening fundraiser at this location.
An abandoned car on the shoulder may have contributed to the accident, investigators say. The sergeants are Sgt. Rufus Devane, III, 42, a 19-year veteran, and Sgt. Santiago Cruz, 49, a 22-year veteran of the force. The sergeants were taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. According to Miami spokeswoman Kenia Reyes, the two sergeants were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and are being evaluated.
The president’s motorcade was returning to Miami’s International airport after two Democratic National Committee fundraisers were held on Wednesday evening, in Miami Beach. The committee held a presidential dinner in which approximately 175,000 guests attended. The president left Miami, without his itinerary being affected, taking a return flight to Washington ahead of schedule.
This is not the first time an accident has occurred with President Obama’s motorcade in the state of Florida. In September 2012, while Obama was traveling for a campaign stop, Bruce St. Laurent of the Jupiter Florida police department was struck and killed by a pickup truck in West Palm Beach.
Coconut Creek Miami fatal motorcycle accident
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday in Deerfield Beach, Miami. The victim is Jeffrey Hirt of age 47, who was in front of the Sawgrass Promenade on South Military Trail when he was struck by a Honda at around 5:45 p.m.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the Honda, 73 year old James Morin was heading north from South Military Trail. Apparently, Morin intersected the path of Hirt’s motorcycle as he was attempting a left turn into the plaza. Hirt was heading south of South Military Trail.
The motorcycle driver slammed into the passenger side of the Honda. He was then taken to the Broward Health North and was pronounced dead moments later.
Motorcycle accidents can happen at any moment, causing serious injury and even death to drivers, passengers, pedestrians and nearby travelers. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial, medical, and emotional hardships. In order to navigate the often-complicated legal system, the experienced legal team at the Killino Firm is ready to assist you through the process. Contact them today.