A Seattle woman, Kitzie Nicanor, was injured along with two other people as she sat on a Miami beach when she was hit by an ATV driven by an on-duty Miami police officer early Sunday morning.
Nicanor’s injuries were were not reported but her friend, Luis Almonte suffered a shattered femur in the accident. Nicanor and Almonter had been sitting on the beach waiting for sunrise when they were hit.
According to a report on PoliceOne.com, the officer, Derrick Kulian, was on-duty and reportedly had been drinking at a The Clevelander hotel bar prior to driving his ATV. Kulian was apparently joy riding with a female, Adelee Sharee Martin, that he had met at the bar and was driving with his lights out. Martin was thrown from the ATV in the accident and suffered minor injuries.
One witness told The Miami Herald that Officer Kulian fled the accident scene on foot.
The Miami Herald reports that Kulian, and a second police officer, Rolando Gutierrez, had both been drinking at the Clevelander Hotel. Both officers reportedly are being processed for termination.
This certainly seems like a scandal in the Miami police department. The police were charged with patrolling the beach due to a rash of thefts yet their reckless behavior resulted in the injury of citizens they were hired to protect.
In an accident such as this one, the victims may have a strong civil suit not only against the officer but also against the Miami police department, especially if it is revealed that drinking on the job was condoned and that other officers attempted to cover for the offending officers.
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