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Four Injured When Cruiser, SUV Collide

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

January 07, 2011

MIAMI – A Miami-Dade police cruiser and an SUV collided on Thursday night at the intersection of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 75th Street, injuring four people, including two police officers.

A passenger in the SUV and a pedestrian were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment, said Detective Roy Rutland, a Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman.

The passenger, who was thrown from the SUV’s rear seat, had serious injuries, Rutland said. The pedestrian had non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Two other people in the SUV were uninjured. The two officers in the cruiser went to nearby hospitals with minor injuries, he said.

The collision happened shortly before 6 p.m. The cruiser was northbound on 22nd Avenue, responding to an emergency call of an auto theft in progress, and had its lights on, Rutland said. Police did not say whether the siren was on.

The black Mitsubishi SUV was westbound on 75th Street with three people inside, Rutland said.

The Top Beauty Supply shop is at the intersection. Khaled Alsoudi was working Thursday night, standing near the doorway, when he saw the police car clip the back of the SUV, he said.

“It went boom really, really loud,‘’ Alsoudi said. "It shook everybody.’’

The rear of the SUV pinned the pedestrian against a pole, Alsoudi said.

The pedestrian’s name was James, said Alsoudi, who did not know his last name. James came every day to buy a Florida Lottery ticket, Alsoudi said.

He probably was on his way to do that Wednesday night, Alsoudi said, standing at the corner and waiting to cross the street, when the crash happened.


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