Miami bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident

“He didn’t deserve to die this way,” said the sister of a man who was killed last weekend while riding his bike in Miami.

Accidents involving bicyclists and other vehicles often result in serious injuries or tragic deaths. However, in most bicycle accidents the individuals involved stay at the scene to report the incident and to make sure that those who are injured are given medical attention as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Miami bicyclist was left for dead after he was struck by a vehicle on Saturday.

The tragic accident occurred on June 25. The 43-year-old man was riding his bike along Northwest 32nd Avenue. Family told police that the man did not have a license so he was used to traveling throughout Miami on his bike.

Around 11 p.m., the man was suddenly struck on the left side of his body by a vehicle near the intersection of 83rd Terrace. The man was thrown off of his bike and onto the ground.

Witnesses reported that the driver who struck the bicyclist did get out of his vehicle at first to check on the victim. However, the driver failed to call 911 to report the accident and got back in his vehicle instead. The suspect then drove off in what witnesses described to be a gold or yellow Oldsmobile.

According to reports, the man was killed at the scene of the hit-and-run. He was the father of a 22-year-old and an 8-year-old. Relatives commented that the news of the man’s death has been devastating, and at first family members had thought that police had misidentified the man.

Police are investigating the incident. They are searching for the individual who is responsible for the fatal accident and are asking others to come forward with any other information about the crash.

Source:The Miami Herald: “Hunt continues for Miami-Dade driver who fatally struck bicyclist,” Diana Moskovitz, 27 June 2011