Drunken driver crashes into man riding dirt bike, police say

A woman was arrested Monday after police said she crashed her car into a man riding a dirt bike in Opa-Locka.

Opa-Locka police said Maria Zunica was driving drunk when she struck the man just after 5:30 p.m. at Ali Baba Avenue and Duval Street. Tests showed Zunica’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, police said. 

The man riding the dirt bike, who was not identified, was seriously hurt. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Police said both of his legs were broken in the crash and he suffered head injuries.

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1 person seriously hurt in crash in Opa-Locka

One person was seriously hurt Tuesday after a dirt bike crashed into a car in Opa-Locka, police said.

Opa-Locka police Chief James Dobson said the crash happened just before 5 p.m. at Northwest 139th Street and Northwest 22nd Avenue.

A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the dirt bike rider was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The rider’s condition was not disclosed.

Dobson said authorities closed off several nearby blocks, causing traffic delays.


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Opa-locka police officer accused of breaking teenage boy’s jaw

An Opa-locka police officer has been accused of punching a teenage boy, breaking his jaw. 

Broward County sheriff’s deputies said Lowrie Simon, 37, attacked 17-year-old Kristian Stanley on Sunday because Simon believed that Stanley was having sex with his 13-year-old daughter.

Opa-Locka police Chief James Dobson said Lowrie has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations. He has been an officer since October 2014, Dobson said.

Dobson said that Lowrie was off-duty at the time of the alleged assault, and he was in not in uniform.

Broward County Sheriff’s deputies said Simon approached Kristian Stanley about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Pembroke Park Church of Christ in the 3700 block of Southwest 56th Avenue. 

After Stanley denied that he was having a sexual relationship with Simon’s daughter, deputies said, Simon punched Stanley in the chest and later struck him across the mouth. 

After the incident, Stanley received treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, deputies said. Stanley’s jaw had been broken and he suffered substantial damage to his lower set of teeth, deputies said.

Simon was arrested later on Sunday and was charged with one count of felony battery. He was freed Monday on a $5,000 bond.

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Surveillance video shows gunmen open fire at Opa-locka man sitting in car

Surveillance video released Monday by the Miami-Dade Police Department shows just how close two gunmen were when they fatally shot a father of seven outside his Opa-locka business earlier this month.

Joe Gonzalez was sitting in a parked car Oct. 18 outside his auto shop at 2155 Opa-locka Blvd. when two men opened fire, killing him.

Gonzalez’s daughter and 1-year-old grandson were also inside the car, but they were not hurt.

“It’s caused a lot of heartbreak, especially to my mom,” said the victim’s sister, Geeleen Gonzalez.

The victim’s father said he believes someone knows the gunmen.

“These guys, they run around the neighborhood trying to take everything they want and everything they can,” father Jose Gonzalez said.

Police said Joe Gonzalez had some sort of encounter with the gunmen prior to the shooting, but police haven’t said what led the gunmen to target him.

“We want justice for my brother,” Geeleen Gonzalez said. “It didn’t have to go this way. It didn’t have to be this way. He shouldn’t have died this way.”

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