On Friday June 29th at around 5:30 p.m. a pedestrian was hit on South Miami Avenue while crossing the street in the crosswalk. According to the victim (pedestrian), she was crossing east in the south crosswalk at SE 14th Street and South Miami Avenue and a Jeep was turning left onto South Miami Avenue while driving west on SE 14th Street. As the Jeep turned left the driver hit the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
The manager of Segafredo called the Police and Fire-Rescue. The pedestrian was lucky to walk away with only a bruise and the driver stayed at the scene. But this is where the story gets crazy….
According the victim (the pedestrian) the Police officer believed that she was at fault because she had her cell phone in her hand and was “distracted”!?! Are you kidding me? Drivers need to yield to pedestrians-it’s the law. There is no question that the driver should have been issued a ticket.
This whole story sounds absurd to me, but it isn’t a first, so I’m not surprised. About a year ago I witnessed a driver hit a pedestrian on Brickell Avenue and wrote about it for Transit Miami. The story is eerily similar and it seems that the Miami Police Department does not want to be bothered with issuing tickets to drivers that hit pedestrians even though there are multiple witnesses. The buck stops here…. Mayor Regaldo and Commissioner Sarnoff what are you going to do?