Monday, January 25, 2010

Drunk Driver Kills Bicyclist In Key Biscayne

A drunk hit-and-run driver, a musician named Carlos Bertonatti, slammed into a south Miami bicyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne in the Miami area, killing the bicyclist who bled to death when the driver fled.

A cyclist, who came upon the tragic scene, offered this witness account.

From his account: "As I get closer, there is a cyclist on the right hand edge of the break down lane in a pool of blood, bright red arterial blood mixed with what looks like spinal fluid and some brain matter. He is bleeding out of his ears and mouth."

As upsetting it is to read this graphic account, I posted it to show the horrific results when drivers do not take care when interacting with bicyclists.

Drivers, don't get mad if you see a bicyclist in the road -- slow down, don't honk, and pass with care by offering a clearance of at least three feet.

1 comment:

Ellen from Miami said...

Not to minimize the shortcomings you post about Tampa, Alan. But all your complaints about lack of parks, bike infrastructure, etc. are tenfold down here. This state is a hot mess. But, on an encouraging note, we had between 2,500 and 4,000 bicyclists show up for a memorial ride/ghost bike placement on Sunday. I've never seen so many bikes in Miami. Riders came all the way from Fort Myers and West Palm Beach in a huge show of unity. And the drunk driver has been charged with vehicular homicide.