Officer visits victims after devastating crash
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An officer who saved the lives of several people thrown from a horrible crash received some hugs of gratitude weeks in the making.
Miami Beach Officer Earl Hackworth took the time to check up on several people who were victims of a devastating accident.
Hackworth was working the midnight shift on Sept. 1 when he noticed several bodies on the road after the accident on Interstate 95, near 103rd Street. A vehicle carrying four people lost control, slammed into a concrete barrier and hit another vehicle.
For the first time since Hackworth helped save their lives, he visited the victims of the fiery crash at Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon. "The woman in the runway, she was further out, so my main concern was to make sure she wasn't run over by any passing motorists," Hackworth said. "I had one of the, I think it was, the actual vehicle that got hit, the driver, I had him stand in front and make sure no vehicles would approach him."
Two of the passengers thrown onto the interstate included Cornelius Houser and his friend Kenneth Chives. "I just want to say thank you, and if he wasn't there, I wouldn't be here," Chives said.
Hackworth blocked traffic with his patrol car, as well as pulled out one of the victims from the burning car.
All four victims of the crash are expected to survive, and Cornelius is still hospitalized and heavily sedated. Both Cornelius and his mother were excited to meet Hackworth once they learned of his heroics.
Hackworth has been with the Miami Beach Police Department for eight years and thinks about the incident often. He's the father of a 1-and-a-half-year old child. "They are angels," Karen Houser, Cornelius' mother said. "People always think there are a lot of bad people out there. There are a lot of good angels out there, and he's one of them."
"I'm thankful for my second chance," Cornelius said.
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