Miami, FL - Miami Police Officer Carlos Gomez and Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter were critically injured in traffic crashes and remain hospitalized.
According to The Sun Sentinel, Officer Gomez is in "extremely critical" condition after his vehicle collided with another vehicle about 4:30 Monday morning along Northwest Second Avenue and 29th Street. He was responding in 'emergency' mode to a priority call at the time of the crash.
Officer Gomez's vehicle was pushed into a building near the intersection after the crash. Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said that he was unconscious and trapped inside his vehicle when officers and paramedics arrived.
He was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with internal, head, and leg injuries. Officer Gomez, age 26, is a one-year veteran of the agency.
Fallat said that the driver of the other vehicle was also transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing, with officers talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance video.
In the second crash, off-duty Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter was riding his personal motorcycle when he went off the highway and struck a guardrail on I-75 near Northwest 138th Street. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured.
Major Carter remains hospitalized in critical condition.
An emergency blood drive is currently in progress to get more blood for these critically injured heroes, and will continue through 7:00 PM at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Northside District Station, Miami-Dade Police HQ, and Kendall District Station. There will also be another blood drive for them tomorrow from 9 AM until 3 PM at Miami PD, 400 NW 2nd Ave.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carlos Gomez and Major Ricky Carter.