DAVIE, FL- According to the sun-sentinel.com, a cyclist died from injuries sustained when a car struck a group of cyclists. Carlos Rodriguez, 62, is the second cyclist to die following the crash.
The crash took place at about 7:30 in the morning in the eastbound lanes of State Road 84. Denise Marsh, another cyclist, died around an hour after the accident.
A Honda Fit ran into the group of cyclists, which included individuals from the Cycling Family Broward club. The woman driving the Honda, 33-year-old Nicole Vanderweit, told officers that she was distracted at the time of the crash and that there was glare.
Another cyclist, Edgar Reyes, is still in the hospital as of Tuesday, but his condition was reported as stable. Two individuals, Maria Bautista, and John Beitz were treated in the hospital and later released. A 14-year-old also suffered minor injuries but was treated at the scene of the crash.
Police are in possession of two cell phones, one of which belonged to Vanderweit. The cell phones are both damaged, and the police are working to repair them in order to collect potential videos and texting history.
Florida State law allows cyclists to ride next to one another which tends to encourage drivers to keep their distance from the cyclists. The group was riding parallel when the crash took place, and the victims who were struck were traveling in the lane closest to the middle of the right lane.
Victims who survived the crash are struggling to cope with the tragedy. Beitz remembers the moment he was on the ground and trying to pick up his head before he lost consciousness. Beitz says that the group of cyclists prides itself on safety.
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