Miami ATV Accident: Two Injured After Being Struck by Police Officer on South Beach
A long-awaited family reunion turned into a nightmare this weekend when 29-year-old Kitzie Nicanor was hit by an ATV driven by a Miami Beach police officer on South Beach on Sunday morning. Nicanor, who sustained critical injuries in the South Beach ATV accident, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where as of yesterday she was still unconscious and awaiting surgery on her leg. She already has had to have her spleen removed and she has a heart perforation. Also injured was her friend Luis Almonte, who is also in the hospital with injuries. According to Nicanor’s aunt, Jane Hooker, Nicanor and Almonte were walking toward the shoreline to take pictures of the sunrise when they were struck by an ATV that was moving at a fast pace and without its lights on. The ATV was being driven by Miami Beach police officer Derick Kuilan, who was on duty at the time. He was accompanied by 27-year-old Adelee Sharie Martin, who was unauthorized to be on the vehicle. The two had reportedly just come from the Clevelander Hotel following a bachelor party. Hooker says that following the Miami ATV accident, Kuilan left the scene. She says that when she reported this to an investigating officer, she was told to “shut up.” Today, Miami Beach police fired both Kuilan and Officer Rolando Gutierrez, who was also at the Clevelander that night. They are waiting for blood alcohol test results on Kuilan. If you or someone you love was injured in a Miami motor vehicle crash that you believe was caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you should contact an experienced Miami personal injury law firm right away. Speeding, drunk driving, driving without the lights on, and distracted driving can result in catastrophic injuries and death. Miami ATV Accidents All terrain vehicles must be operated with caution. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the last two decades there have been 6,000 ATV-related injuries and numerous deaths. Sometimes the collision is a result of poor design or ATV malfunction. In other cases, driver inexperience or recklessness played a part. You must explore your legal options. Miami Beach Cops Fired After ATV Crash, NBC Miami, July 8, 2011 2 officers involved in SoBe ATV accident fired, WSVN, July 8, 2011 Aunt: ATV crash a nightmare, Miami Herald, July 6, 2011 Witness describes police ATV crash that injured 3 on Miami Beach, Miami Herald, July 4, 2011 Related Web Resources: Miami Beach Police More Blog Posts: 6 Kids, 1 Man Thrown in Palm Bay, Florida Pickup Truck Crash, Florida Injury Attorney, June 14, 2011 Deadly South Florida Crash Near the Palm Beach County Line Claims the Life of Three Children, Injures Two Others, Florida Injury Attorney, April 6, 2011 Palm Beach Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Polo Club Founder John Goodman Over Fatal Car Crash Can Proceed, Says Judge, Florida Injury Attorney, June 3, 2010 Contact our Miami injury law firm to request your free consultation.