Motorcycle Accident Miami – According to authorities, a Pembroke Pines police officer on routine patrol was killed in a collision early Thursday afternoon. Motorcycle officer Charles Herring, 54, was killed in the line of duty after a crash on NW 184th Avenue, just south of Sheridan Street, according to officials.
Herring was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to officials, Herring had been with Pembroke Pines for 22 years and was the father of four children. His children and ex-wife were with him in the hospital, according to officials. Officers stopped at crossroads along the route to help with the ambulance’s journey to the hospital. “It just seems like an unfortunate tragedy,” said Pembroke Pines Police Chief Kipp Shimpeno. “Charlie was the most upbeat person you’d ever met.” “Charles touched pretty much everyone in this agency and so many people in this community,” said the Chief. “We have lost a true hero.”
According to Shimpero, Herring was hit by a palm frond, causing him to lose control of his motorbike and crash. The officer’s motorbike was lying on its side in the middle of the road, with debris all over it, according to Chopper 4 video. For several hours, NW 184 Avenue was stopped between Johnson Street and NW 23rd Street while the accident was investigated. Drivers were warned to avoid the area. The Lighthouse Point PBA announced on social media, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and the Pembroke Pines Police Department on the loss of Motorman Charles Herring.”
Hundreds of police officers escorted Herring’s body to the medical examiner’s office on Thursday afternoon. “As we all know, being a motorcycle officer is dangerous even on a good day,” Rod Skirvin, president of the Broward Police Benevolent Association, said. “And it just goes to show how dangerous this can be.” This was a terrible tragedy, and all law enforcement officers were affected by the sad highway crash.” “Everyone’s heart is tugged,” Skirvin told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. On any given day, this could have occurred to any of us. “You never know what obstacles can take our lives, from dive teams to K-9 units to detectives to those serving warrants to those on routine patrol.”
Fellow officers expressed their sympathies for Herring’s loss. “He was a big guy, a jolly guy, and he was very friendly,” Skirvin added. “This tugs at everyone’s heartstrings and affects all of us, as well as those who serve and understand how dangerous the job can be.”