Hit and Run Kills 2 Cyclists in Cooper City

The crash occurred at around 7 a.m. in the Rock Creek neighborhood

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    Two cyclists were fatally injured Sunday morning after a car burglary suspect crashed into them in Cooper City, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

    Two men were in custody in connection to events that led to two cyclists being fatally injured Sunday morning after one of the suspects crashed into them in Cooper City, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

    The sheriff's office said Obrian Oakley, 26, of Miami, was in custody and faces charges including two counts of first-degree felony murder, burglary conveyance, petit theft and crash involving death or personal injury. Sadik Baxter, 25, of Miami Gardens, was also arrested and faces with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary to a conveyance, larceny and petit theft. It wasn't immediately known if they had attorneys.

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    After gambling at the Hard Rock casino, Oakley and Baxter decided to go to Cooper City and burglarize cars and homes, the sheriff's office said. They looked for cars with open doors in the Rock Creek neighborhood and broke into five vehicles, authorities said.

    At 7:05 a.m. authorities responded to 3700 Beach Way and arrested Baxter. Oakley fled in his girlfriend’s Infiniti when he saw the authorities, the sheriff's office said. He was driving around Rock Creek when he ran a red light at Sheridan Street about 12 minutes later.

    The car he was driving was hit by a Toyota Corolla, which had the right of way. The Infiniti collided with the cyclists Christopher McConnell, 61, from Cooper City, and Dean Amelkin, 60, from Coral Gables, who both died at the scene, the sheriff's office said. The two people in the Corolla sustained non-life threatening injuries.

    Oakley then ran from the car, but during an air and ground manhunt, at 11:52 a.m. a Pembroke Pines K-9 officer found him walking across Sheridan Street, the sheriff's office said.

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