‘Our Officers Were Very Heroic’, Miami Beach, Miami Police Officers Risked Lives To Save People In Fiery Venetian Causeway Crash – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Heroic actions by multiple police officers in Miami Beach and Miami saved the lives of three people after a fiery crash on the Venetian Causeway early Friday morning.
It happened NE 12th place and South Venetian Way.
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“The vehicle was heading east towards the beach at high speed. The driver lost control, hit the median, hit some trees, drove further east through the back yard of a house, over the pool, through the side of the house and finally came to a stop at the front where the vehicle was on fire “, said Miami Police Commander Freddie Cruz.
A passerby discovered the burning Mercedes-Benz and alerted the police.
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Two passengers were able to get out and seemed fine. However, the driver was trapped.
First there was a Miami Beach cop, then a Miami cop. They ran to help.
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“You tried to hammer on the window. We got my hose, the neighbour’s hose, and we gave it to them. They hosed it down and waited for the fire truck, ”said Vivian Nouel.
When the fire brigade arrived, they quickly got to work trying to rescue the driver. They cut into the car and were able to free him. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
“I would like to thank our colleagues in the Miami Beach Police Department and our officers who helped break the windows and pull the victim out of the vehicle. They could have lost their lives and our officers were very heroic in freeing these people, ”said Cruz.
Cruz said this crash could have been different.
“This could have been tragic if the family who live in the house had been in their yard or in the pool while this vehicle was traveling at high speed through their yard,” he said.
“I’ve seen my back yard and just can’t believe he walked across the pool and hit a pillar, a pillar that supports my son’s bedroom on the second floor. It could have landed on our terrace or in our living room, ”said Nouel.
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Cruz said they would investigate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.