2 cyclists killed in hit-and-run; driver arrested
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two South Florida bicyclists have been killed after a man led police on a chase following a crime spree.
Eddy struggles to stand after he and his wife were struck while riding in their Toyota when they were hit by a silver Infiniti, early Sunday morning. "I didn't see it coming," said Eddy.
Eddy did not see the vehicle because, police said, the driver, Obrian Oakley, was speeding away from authorities. Oakley and his accomplice, Sadik Baxter, were breaking into cars in a Cooper City neighborhood, according to police.
When police arrived on the scene, they arrested Baxter, but Oakley gave chase. "Its says here, over 100 miles an hour at some point to get away, because you realized that police were on their way," said Judge John Hurley to Oakley during a preliminary hearing.
Oakley's Infiniti hit Eddy's car and then crashed into two cyclists, Christopher McConnell of Cooper City and Dean Amelkin of Coral Springs.
Both cyclists died at the scene. "They have been riding the same route for about 25 years. It was about four or eight of us that ride the same route," said the victims' friend, Lou Gonzalez. "I'm left feeling very empty, losing two friends this way."
Janet Anglin is upset over the crash and laid flowers at the scene where the innocent cyclists died. "When I see these young men on a Sunday morning when I go out for a drive, and it's a beautiful site to see, it's very colorful, it is heartbreaking. I am a mother, and this can happen to any of us," said Anglin.
A small memorial has been created at the scene of the crash.
Oakley and Baxter are being held at the Broward County Jail without bond.
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