One Killed, One Critical After Miami Motorcycle Crash

Authorities investigating crash that left one man dead and his passenger in critical condition

By Gilma Avalos
|  Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:19 AM EDT
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Authorities are investigating a crash that left one man on a motorcycle dead and his passenger in critical condition in Miami.

Authorities are investigating a crash that left one man on a motorcycle dead and his passenger in critical condition in Miami.

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A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger injured when their bike collided with a car in Miami Sunday, authorities said.

The fatal crash happened near Northwest 7th Street and 37th Avenue when the motorcycle, which was traveling southbound, and a Volkswagen exiting a shopping center somehow crashed, Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.

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"The impact was so severe that it basically turned the car into a different direction and it ejected both the passenger and the driver of the motorcycle," Carroll said.

Two men in their 20's were riding on the motorcycle. A female driver was behind the wheel of the Volkswagen.

The unidentified driver of the motorcycle flew off the bike and onto the street and was later pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger went flying through the windshield of an SUV, waiting to make a turn into the shopping center.

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"All of a sudden, I saw a man coming towards me," Alberto Aguila, the driver of the SUV, told NBC 6 in Spanish.

He was headed to the store to buy a pair of shoes. His father was accompanying him, in the passenger's seat.

"It was something that happened so fast, the impact, glass breaking. He landed on my father covered in blood," said Aguila. His elderly father suffered minor cuts.

"That person was basically supporting him until Miami Fire Rescue arrived and transported him to the hospital," Carroll said.

The unidentified passenger was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition late Sunday. Carroll said neither man was wearing a helmet.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to the fatal crash.

"Police are looking into whether or not the Volkswagen was making an illegal turn onto 37th Avenue. They're doing their interviews with several witnesses who saw the accident," Carroll said.

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Shoppers told NBC 6 this was a rampant problem. Despite a sign warning drivers not to make a left turn, car after car did so.

"It's a problem, it's a problem. It's sad that it came to this," said Arsenio, who lives a few blocks away from the intersection.

Police are not ruling anything out. They are investigating if the driver of the motorcycle was speeding and who may have had the light.

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