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Police officer who failed to render aid to keep job

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PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida police officer who faced termination after being accused of failing to do her duty during a tragic accident has accepted an offer that would allow her to keep her job, officials said.

Pinecrest Village officials said, as part of the terms of the agreement, Pinecrest Police Officer Ana Carrasco has agreed to a 20-day unpaid suspension. She must also retake first responder and infection control training and attend critical incident debriefing.

On Oct. 16, Carrasco's dashboard camera recorded her standing by as two pedestrians struck by a car near Kendall Drive and Southwest 68th Court lay dying on the road. Off-duty Miami Police Officer and Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz heard the crash and responded to the scene where he started administering CPR to one of the victims. According to Ortiz, when Carrasco arrived on the scene, the only aid she offered was throwing him a pair of gloves.

Paramedics arrived less than three minutes later. Both victims, Ying Chen, 27, and Hao Liu, 26 were students at the University of Miami. died.

Addressing the incident in an e-mail, a Pinecrest spokesperson said Carrasco should have never given up her gloves, saying the move "limited her ability to access the victims."

In an audio recording of a closed hearing before Pinecrest village manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez, Carrasco said she tried to look for another pair of gloves. "I went to search to see if I could attempt to search for more gloves," she said. "[The cruiser] did not have any gloves."

The recording also includes testimony from Dr. Deirdre Marshall, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who stopped to help. She said Ortiz told her to get away. "We were intimidated by the person, and I thought it was odd because he didn't want us to help," she said.

While originally calling for her termination, a village spokesperson said the police chief is now in agreement with the manager's decision.

Ortiz denied Marshall's allegations, saying he was asking everyone on the scene for help.

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