Miami Beach policeman allegedly hits and runs

By | July 5th, 2011 | 14 Comments

Miami Beach is getting a reputation as a dangerous place to be during patriotic holiday weekends. First there were the two police-involved shootings on Memorial Day morning, one of which ended in the death of 22-year-old Raymond Herisse and led to a hot mess of bad publicity, including allegations of racism and a video showing one officer threaten a bystander with a gun, for the city’s police department.

And now, this:

The collision was set before dawn: An on-duty Miami Beach cop and a 27-year-old woman leave the Clevelander hotel bar, hop onto his ATV and speed toward the ocean. Meanwhile, Luis Almonte and a 28-year-old woman are on the beach.

By the time the ATV rocketed across the sand, it was too late for the pair to escape: The vehicle hurtled into Almonte and Kitzie Nicanor, their bodies crumpled on the ground.

Police said Monday they were still investigting why veteran officer Derick Kuilan, 30, was rushing down the popular beach in the wee hours of Sunday with his lights out — a woman in tow — when he was supposed to be working.

The joyride left Almonte at Mount Sinai Medical Center, “tubes stuck in his arms and a rod in his femur,” the Herald reports. Nicanor is in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Kuilan’s companion on the joyride received treatment after being thrown from the vehicle.

There are a lot of questions to be answered about this incident, including whether Kuilan went to the Clevelander to meet the 27-year-old woman, Adelee Sharie Martin, with another police officer. Not surprisingly, Miami Beach Police aren’t rushing to answer them.

Police refused to elaborate on the case Monday, saying only that Kuilan “had an unauthorized person on the ATV, which is in direct violation of departmental policy,” according to a statement released by spokesman Det. Juan Sanchez. They are also investigating the second police officer who was at the bar, but did not release the officer’s name.

Meanwhile, Jonnathan Adames, a Boston resident who came to Miami to celebrate Almonte’s 29th birthday, is not refusing to elaborate. He said he saw the ATV “emerge from the darkness”, go “screeching by”, and then: “crash bang.”

Adames said he ran to Almonte and Nicantor after witnessing the accident and found “their bodies curled motionless in the sand.” Then, at Kuilan’s directive, Adames ran to try and flag down a motorist. When he returned, the police officer was gone.

“I’m expecting him to protect us, and he disappears on us,” Adames told the Herald. “It’s not right.”

Miami Beach Police and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office are reportedly both investigating the incident.

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14 Comments on “Miami Beach policeman allegedly hits and runs”

  1. 1 Lomo said at 10:47 am on July 5th, 2011:

    MBPD and Code Enforcement need to cool it on those ATVs. I was at the beach a few weeks back and saw about 4 MB Code Enforcement officers basically joy riding on a busy beach. Up and down the beach at speed so I doubt they could have seen any codes being broken if they tried. Eventually one of them came back down hauling ass with a girl riding on the front mounting rack of the ATV with emergency lights on.

    The girl did not appear hurt or any distress what so ever so I didn’t see the need to be traveling at such a speed. Not to mention that carrying someone on the front of an ATV is not the smartest thing to do. If they fall they will have no choice but to end up under the ATV, pretty violently i might add at the speed these guys were going at.

  2. 2 Myron said at 11:05 am on July 5th, 2011:

    There needs to be a federal investigation into the Miami Beach PD after these two ridiculous incidents. Not a Miami-Dade county attorney’s investigation, which would be equally as corrupt. Federal.

  3. 3 Leah said at 12:12 pm on July 5th, 2011:

    This is embarrassing. Did MBPD hire the circus’ HR person?

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 6:14 pm on July 5th, 2011:

    Update via the Herald : ‎”The Miami Beach officers who were involved in Sunday morning’s ATV incident are being processed for termination, according to a police information officer … The allegations that five-year veteran Derrick Kulian had met a girl at the Clevelander Hotel before taking her out to his beach on his ATV have been confirmed, according spokesman Detective Juan Sanchez.”

  5. 5 said at 8:45 pm on July 5th, 2011:

    disgusting !!!!! behaviour

  6. 6 Leah said at 8:23 am on July 6th, 2011:

    Now the question is whether or not they were drinking and driving, and whether or not they will face criminal charges for their actions, like the rest of us would.

  7. 7 Jordan Melnick said at 10:22 am on July 7th, 2011:

    Update via the New Times: “Kulian hauled in $91,032.51 in salary and overtime last year … ”

    Meanwhile: “Almonte is recovering from a shattered femur. Nicanor, who has a one-year-old son, seems to be in worse shape. Relatives tell the Herald this morning that she’s still unconscious after having her spleen removed and that she’s awaiting surgery for a shattered leg and a perforation in her heart.

    “Records show that Kulian, who was hired in May 2005, had six Internal Affairs complaints filed against him, starting in July 2006.”

  8. 8 Leah said at 12:01 pm on July 7th, 2011:

    This story gets more unbelievable with each new report. The Miami Beach Police Department should be investigated.

  9. 9 Jordan Melnick said at 9:49 pm on July 8th, 2011:

    Update: Derick Kuilan was one of the 11 cops who shot at Raymond Herisse on Memorial day, according to Herald reporter David Smiley. Seems like a “duh” in retrospect.

  10. 10 Jordan Melnick said at 11:55 pm on July 20th, 2011:

    Update via the Herald: “The Miami Beach police lieutenant supervising the officer who earlier this month slammed his department ATV into a man and woman on the sands of South Beach has been demoted , according to the city’s police union, which called the move unjust.”

    Later in the article:

    “Gonzalez said the city is now looking at whether any supervisors played a role in enabling the two officers, and is considering other changes to ensure nothing like the July 3 crash happens again.

    “We are also looking at procedures and organizational structure. And we’re also looking at technology that could help us on any of this,” said Gonzalez, who declined to discuss specific proposals for departmental changes currently under consideration.”

    Technology? How about, don’t give a badge to dudes who go to the Clevelander to party while on duty, get hammered, and run over human beings during an ATV joyride?

  11. 11 Jordan Melnick said at 2:14 pm on July 26th, 2011:

    Update via the Miami New Times: “Derek Kuilan has already faced professional consequences from the night the Miami Beach police officer took a woman he met at the Clevelander on a drunk ATV joyride down the beach before hitting a couple. He was fired. Now Kuilan faces criminal charges, and the former police officer turned himself into police today.”

  12. 12 Jordan Melnick said at 9:15 pm on July 26th, 2011:

    Update: Prosecutors have released a photo of Kuilan and his partner, Rolando Gutierrez, partying at The Clevelander with a bunch of saucy gals some time before Kuilan went on his ATV joyride and sent two people to the hospital, one of whom is still there as of this post. Check out the photo.

  13. 13 Jordan Melnick said at 11:31 am on July 28th, 2011:

    Update via Herald: Nicanor is suing Kuilan and the Clevelander. She will likely sue Miami Beach too.

    “‘Her relationship with her child will be significantly and forever altered,’ [Nicanor’s lawyer Frank] Toral said at a news conference Thursday morning.

    “Toral said they are suing the Clevelander for knowingly serving an on-duty police officer alcohol. The lawsuit indicates that the hotel regularly served alcohol to Derick Kuilan—the Miami Beach police officer driving the ATV.”

  14. 14 Jordan Melnick said at 10:14 am on August 20th, 2011:

    Update via Herald: Kuilan says his blood test was illegal and is demanding his job back.

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