Victims ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Wrong-Way Wreck

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A wrong-way wreck has put three people, including two Miami-Dade Police Officers, in the hospital.

The crash happened in southwest Miami-Dade at approximately 4:45 a.m., near 16301 S.W. 157th Avenue, as the officers were traveling in a marked Miami-Dade Police cruiser heading south.

They were struck head-on by a gray Volkswagen Jetta that was driving on the wrong side of the road, officials said, going northbound in the southbound lanes.

“Not only the officers, but the other driver of the vehicle is very lucky to be alive because this is a serious crash that could have resulted in death rather than with injuries, where everybody’s in stable condition,” said Miami-Dade Police Department Det. Robin Pinkard.

Police believe the driver, 30-year-old Jovary Hill, may have been under the influence. He was taken to Jackson in stable condition with injuries to his face.

“We do believe that the driver may have been under the influence of some type of alcohol, so that’s still part of the investigation,” said Det. Pinkard.

One officer was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and the other was transported on the ground, both in stable condition. According to Miami-Dade Police, they have been with the department for less than a year and were patrolling the area at the time of the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers: (305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.

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