Saturday night a Miami-Dade police officer struck and killed Jose Muñoz 67 years old, father of eight, landscaper. His wife and him were having financial problems and their lights were turned off. They decided to walk to the gas station near by and pick up some bread. As they were going to cross the street, heading back home, Jose pushed his wife out of the way when he saw the police car approaching. The police car, took Jose with him. The police man did stop right away. They have not released the officers name and the accident is still under investigation. The officer had struck Jose around 9:45 p.m. The officer was on patrol, and did not respond to a call at the time of the crash. It was dark where the couple was going to cross the street, it was a two lane road when the police officer struck Jose Muñoz. There is no crosswalk or traffic light at the intersection. The witnesses said the Police officers car did not have emergency lights or sirens on.
It is always sad to hear stories like this. When a person is struck by a car out of no where and is taken away from us. This time it was by a Police Officer. I can’t imagine what was going on his head at the time of the incident. Investigation is still going on. Why he didn’t see the couple crossing the street is still unknown. I also don’t understand how the couple crossing the street didn’t see the car coming? It is accidents like this that make people think. You don’t always think that it will be your day to die, but this is why I truly believe in the saying “Live your life as if it was your last”. No matter what we say or do, you just never know when it will be your time to go. I pray for this family and I hope that they are helped with the funeral and burial arrangements. They don’t have much money and would need help. There was no information on donations but you can check out the story Here.
By the way:
I was reading comments people left on this story on the Miami Herald website. It just amazes me how people are so ignorant. A lot of people have bad things to say about Police Officers, and yes there are some that give them all a bad name. Unfortunately people don’t see the good police officers that are out there protecting these cities. You don’t hear about all the good they do and all the criminals they catch. We only ever hear the bad which is why people are so critical of them. As for this situation it could have been any other car who hit this poor man. This night, it just happened to be a police officer. In the past few month, just starting from the beginning of the year I have heard/read about more then a hand full of hit and runs and pedestrians being killed. It is something that has been going on, now it’s just a bigger deal to people because a cop actually hit a pedestrian. Accidents happen and I’m sure the police officer feels terrible about the incident. We can only now wait for the investigation to finish taking place to prove whether the police officer was under the influence of some sort. It’s highly unlikely seeing as he was on duty, however it isn’t impossible. So to all those comments that are being critical of the officer and the system, I can only hope your ignorance goes so far.