DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade police officer accused of causing a murderous collision has been arrested.
State Attorney officials said Miami-Dade Police Officer John Young Song was driving too fast, did not have the lights on, and did not adhere to a stop sign before colliding with another vehicle, killing the driver on 6th of March.
Song has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.
“We have no indication that they answered a call,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Lee Cowart. “It looks like they were on a routine patrol.”
The accident occurred in a rural area at the intersection of Southwest 260th Street and 147th Avenue around 1:30 a.m.
Authorities said Song was driving on his police cruiser when he crashed into Emilio Jesús Vizcaino, 45. The victim was driving a white Nissan at the time. He died on the scene.
According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Song did not obey the stop sign and was driving through the intersection at about 80 miles per hour.
In the arrest warrant, the State Attorney’s Office said:
“That guy ignored the stop sign and entered the intersection at a speed almost twice the posted speed limit. He was not answering any emergency calls for service, and he did not have his emergency siren lights activated. Additionally, a post-collision inspection of the subject’s police vehicle indicated that the headlight switch was in the ‘off’ position, indicating the likelihood that the subject did not even have the headlights on when it collided with the victim. Together, these factors indicate that the subject drove the police car with voluntary and rampant contempt for other people and property, and that the victim died as a result. ”
The Miami-Dade Police Department issued a statement through Director Juan Pérez that says: “We are committed to the highest professional standards and will always strive to achieve our mission, being transparent and responsible for our actions.”
Song and his passenger, who is also a police officer, were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not fatal after the accident. They have since recovered.
Song was arrested Tuesday and has already been released from prison. His arraignment is scheduled for December 13.
Alexis Izquierdo, a lawyer for the victim’s family, held a press conference on Thursday.
The family said they still need more information before they can take the next step.
“We knew there was an incident in which an officer had not relented and we believed that the officer was responsible for the accident,” he said. “However, we did not know that he was traveling without headlights without sirens and at that speed, so this is new information for us.”