Sunrise police: Driver reading text killed bicyclist

Rodney Fradin charged in John Quintal's death

Author: Ben Candea, Senior Web Producer,
Published On: May 13 2013 12:06:27 PM EDT   Updated On: May 14 2013 10:00:58 AM EDT
Rodney Fradin

Police arrested a driver who detectives say looked down to read a text message when he hit and killed a bicyclist on Sunset Strip in Sunrise the night of the Super Bowl.

A tip to Broward Crime Stoppers led Sunrise police to charge 26-year-old Rodney Fradin with tampering with evidence; leaving the scene of a crash involving death; and, driving with a suspended license.

Fradin told investigators he was reading a text message when he felt his vehicle drift off the roadway and heard a "clack" noise, police said. He didn't stop because his license was suspended.

Officers responding to the crash on Feb. 3 found the body of 49-year-old John Quintal and his damaged bicycle, police said.

When Fradin heard about the fatal crash, he got his vehicle repaired but failed to report his involvement, police said.

John Quintal, bicycle
--Pictured: John Quintal and his bicycle