A Miami-Dade officer accused of causing a fatal collision has been arrested.
Miami-Dade Police Officer John Young Song has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Authorities say the crash took place at the intersection of Southwest 260th Street and 147th Avenue at around 1:30 a.m.
Officials said Song was driving in his police cruiser when he crashed into 45-year-old Emilio Jesus Vizcaino. The victim died on scene.
According to the State Attorney’s Office, Song did not obey the stops sign and was driving through the intersection at about 80 miles per hour.
In the arrest warrant, the State Attorney’s Office said:
“That subject disregarded the stop sign and entered the intersection at a rate of speed nearly twice the posted speed limit. He was not responding to any emergency calls for service, and did not have his emergency lights of siren activated. Additionally, a post-collision inspection of the subject’s police car indicated that the headlight switch was in the ‘off’ position, indicating the likelihood the subject did not even have his headlights on when he crashed into the victim. Together, these factors indicate that the subject drove the police car with a willful and wanton disregard for other persons and property, and that the victim died as a result.”
Miami-Dade Police Department released a statement through Director Juan Perez that reads, “We are committed to the highest professional standards, and will always endeavor to achieve our mission while being transparent and accountable for our actions.”
Song and his passenger, who is also a police officer, were both transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening after the crash. They have since recovered.
Song was arrested on Tuesday and has already bonded out of jail. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 13.