Cyclist Killed in Rear-End Crash in Pembroke Pines
An early morning crash on Sunday morning has left a cyclist dead.
In an article that appeared on the CBS Local website in Miami, Pembroke Pines police said that a passenger vehicle rear-ended a cyclist near the 1200 block of South University Drive at approximately 3:19 a.m. Police investigators say that Jonadin Saint-Louis had been riding his bicycle northbound on University Drive inside the bicycle lane.
As he approached the 1200 block of University Drive, he was struck from behind by a 2013 Hyundai Tucson being driven by Alexandra Malikah Oliver, 19. The impact of the crash caused Saint-Louis to be ejected from his bicycle and his body landed on the hood and windshield of Oliver’s vehicle.
Olivier and her passenger, Paula Jennie Santiago, 20, told police that they heard a bang just before the vehicle’s airbags deployed, filling the car with smoke. The two young women indicated that they did not see Saint-Louis prior to the crash.
Olivier and Santiago told investigators that their car was on fire and jumped out of the still-moving vehicle.
The abandoned vehicle was at last stopped when it struck a concrete pillar in the 100 block of North University Drive.
Saint-Louis was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Olivier and Santiago were reported to have suffered only minor injuries from impacting the roadway and were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital Pembroke for treatment.
The fatal crash is still currently under investigation by the Pembroke Pines Police Department. Authorities have not said whether alcohol may have played a factor or if potential charges are pending in the case.
Many Floridians have taken to riding bicycles rather than relying on motorized transportation. Who can blame them? Florida’s climate can be ideal and inspires more people toward a healthier lifestyle by bike riding as well as being able to save money on transportation costs. There are many bicycle paths and lanes to help facilitate this. Unfortunately, however, no matter what kind of precautions bicyclists take such as wearing a helmet and reflective gear, bicyclists run a far greater risk of being in an accident resulting in serious injury or worse.
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