One of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's adult sons, Carlos J. Gimenez, was traveling in a car in the wee hours Thursday morning that was hit by a driver who ran a red light.
The crash was caught by the city of Miami's traffic cameras facing northbound and southbound at the intersection of West Flagler Street and LeJeune Road. The controversial cameras have been in the news recently as city commissioners debate whether to create a special board to hear ticket appeals.
They have also become a political issue in the mayoral campaign between incumbent Tomás Regalado, who supports the cameras, and Commissioner Francis Suarez, who opposes them. Regalado's supporters quickly disseminated video of the accident involving the younger Gimenez.
Miami has temporarily suspended the issuance of red-light tickets, pending the commission's decision. But the cameras are still on -- and they captured footage of the accident. As it happens, Carlos J. Gimenez for years lobbied on behalf of American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs Miami's cameras. He stopped representing them in February.
"Working for them all those years, I've seen a million of those videos," Gimenez said. "But living through it was a totally different experience."