A 3-year-old girl was injured Wednesday after she rode off on a three-wheel motorcycle unattended and was ejected from the bike before it crashed in NE Miami-Dade, police said.
The crash happened at around 5:30 p.m. near a Westar gas station on 16300 NE 6th Avenue, according to Miami-Dade police.
Surveillance video obtained by NBC 6 shows the motorcycle speeding westbound on NE 6th Avenue. The girl is ejected from the bike and falls to the ground. Her father, who was also on the motorcycle, falls off and runs after her.
According to MDPD spokesman Lee Cowart, the father came home that evening with food for this family. While inside the house, he and other people heard the motorcycle running and ran outside.
Cowart said the father saw his daughter on the three-wheel motorcycle, driving westbound from the house. He ran after her and caught up with her while she crossed 6th Avenue – from there, the two fell off the bike.
Family members spoke to NBC 6 in support of the father. They said he visits his daughter on a daily basis. She routinely follows him outside to his bike and begs him to stay.
The father was hospitalized with minor injuries, and the girl was airlifted to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with a traumatic head injury, Cowart said. She is expected to recover.
The 35-year-old father's identity has not been released. Police said he is not facing charges at this time, but an investigation is ongoing.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident. The agency said this is the first time the father is involved in a child protective investigation.