MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A truck hit a Miami Police officer directing traffic for a funeral procession on I-95, police said.
Officers say the driver of a Ford F-150 truck hit Miami Police Motorcycle Officer Johnathan John, knocking him off his motorcycle.
“It was around 12:30 when they received numerous calls for a city of Miami police motorman that was involved in an accident on the northbound lane of I-95 as you’re coming from US-1,” said Capt. Ignatius Carroll with Miami Fire Rescue.
The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police as other officers tended to the injured officer before fire rescue arrived.
“He was able to talk to us, letting us know where he was in pain and he was quickly transported to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition,” said Carroll.
Upper brass arrived at the hospital to check on their injured colleague, Johnathan John, who is a seven year veteran of the force.
Miami police said the officer is expected to be discharged later in the day.
Officials say it’s unknown what led the driver to strike the officer but say directing funeral processions can be a dangerous task.
“Funeral processions are always dangerous for our motormen because anything is possible because if you have drivers that are texting or not paying attention, it is very likely that they’ll strike someone,” said Officer Earnest Lawrence with City of Miami Police.
Meantime, an investigation is underway into the incident. It is unclear if the driver will be charged.