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For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2016

Media Contact:
Det. Alvaro Zabaleta

Topic: Traffic Crash Involving A Marked Police Vehicle
Case #: PD160126034815
Date & Time of Occurrence: 01/26/2016 at 7:57 p.m.
Address of Occurrence: S.W. 8 Street & S.W. 32 Avenue
  Miami, FL
Subject #1:
Subject's Name: David Merini, (W/M)
Subject's DOB: 01/15/1983
Subject's Age: 33
Subject's Address: 324 N. Ware Drive
  West Palm Beach, FL
Subject's Charges: Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.)
Driver #1:
Driver's Name: Kassandra Acosta, (W/F)
Driver's DOB: 02/14/1994
Driver's Age: 21
Driver's Address: 2203 S.W. 99 Avenue
  Miami, FL
Driver's Description: 2005 Honda Civic
Driver #2:
Driver's Name: Jorge Martinez, (W/M)
Driver's DOB: 10/25/1972
Driver's Age: 43
Driver's Address: 101 S.W. 36 Court #308
  Miami, FL
Driver's Description: 2014 Honda CRV
Driver #3:
Driver's Name: Miguel Oliva, (W/M)
Driver's DOB: 11/14/1971
Driver's Age: 41
Driver's Address: 5275 N.W. 7 Street #311
  Miami, FL
Driver's Description: 2015 Ford Fusion
Driver #4:
Driver's Name: Julio Aira, (W/M)
Driver's DOB: 02/13/1968
Driver's Age: 47
Driver's Address: 4885 S.W. 91 Avenue
  Miami, FL
Driver's Description: 2005 Honda Element

Traffic Crash Involving A Marked Police Vehicle

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Traffic Homicide Unit continues to investigate a traffic crash involving a marked police vehicle.  Investigators say that the subject, David Merini, was driving a Chevy Malibu eastbound on S.W. 8 Street.  As he approached S.W. 32 Avenue he lost control of his vehicle swerving onto oncoming traffic.  He then struck multiple vehicle causing his Chevy Malibu to turn on its side as it continues slide eastbound on the westbound lanes.  Merini's vehicle then struck a Honda Element that was at the intersection beginning to proceed westbound as the light turned green.  Due to the impact, the Honda Element was then pushed back into the marked police vehicle.  Both the driver of the Honda Element and the off-duty officer were transported to a local hospital.  The driver the Honda Element, Julio Aira, was transported for a medical evaluation and the officer was transported for a hand and wrist injury.  No other drivers were reported injured.  Upon further investigation conducted by the D.U.I Unit, it was determined that David Merini was driving under the influence and charged accordingly.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers
(305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477
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