Rodolfo Llanes, Chief of the Miami Police Department in Florida sadly reports the death of Motor Officer Jorge Sanchez.
Officer Sanchez, 53, was stopped at a traffic light when his motor unit was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Over a half dozen other vehicles were also involved in the collision and one became airborne coming to rest on its side. A dozen other civilians were transported to the hospital for medical care, five were listed in critical condition.
Officer Sanchez was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time after his arrival to the hospital. A procession of motorcycles and patrol cars escorted the ambulance transporting his body to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The crash is being investigated by Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol and their Crash Reconstruction Team.
Officer Sanchez served the Miami Police Department for twenty one years. He served in uniform patrol and was promoted to the rank of Detective, serving in the Major Criminal Investigation Section. Unofficial reports indicated that he had about one and one half years to serve until he was due to retire in early 2018. He is survived by his mother, fiancée, ex-wife, two sons and a daughter. One of his sons is also a Miami Police Officer.
Jorge Sanchez-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX
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