| Police |

Florida Cop Hit a Man in His Car, and Then Took Off (VIDEO)

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

An Orlando police officer is under fire after hitting a man with his patrol car earlier this year and then leaving minutes later without ever reporting the incident. The incident was even caught on video, but the officer, Michael Fiorentino-Tyburski, remains on patrol.

The incident happened in January. Surveillance video obtained by WFTV show the pedestrian, 36-year-old Tetrish Nunn, attempting to cross a lightly trafficked one-way street. He gets about a third of the way before waiting for another car to pass. An Orlando Police Department car then make a right turn onto the street and hits Nunn. Nunn rolls off the hood, and tumbles back onto the side walk.

Fiorentino-Tyburski gets out of the car, and asks Nunn, who is believed to be homeless, if he is all right. According to WESH, Nunn replied, "Yes, I'm OK." After about three minutes, Fiorentino-Tyburski leaves without ever reporting the incident.

A nearby witness however urged Nunn to call 911 after the officer left, and lent him her cellphone:

"Hello, I want to report an Orlando police officer who just hit me with his car," said Nunn.

"Did the officer say he was coming back? Or what did he say when he hit you?" the dispatcher said.

"He just hit me, you know what I'm saying? He blamed it on me and took off," said Nunn.

The concerned witness then called for an ambulance because the incident caused skin on Nunn's leg to break open.

OPD conducted an internal investigation. Ultimately they blamed the crash on Nunn because he did not have a signal to cross the road, however Fiorentino-Tyburski was blamed for leaving the scene.

The investigation continues, but the officer remains patrolling the streets.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.