Bicyclist killed after being struck by car on Julia Tuttle Causeway

Victim thrown off bridge into Biscayne Bay

By Alexandra Fruin - Producer

MIAMI - A bicyclist was killed after falling into Biscayne Bay when he was hit by a car on the Julia Tuttle Causeway late Monday night. 

The body of the bicyclist, identified only as a 25-year-old man, was found about two and a half hours after the collision. 

Two fisherman told rescue crews that they heard a loud splash, but were unable to pinpoint where they believed the man fell.

"As the units arrived, we found a vehicle with severe damage to it and two women inside -- one severely shaken up," Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Eltrisa McDaniel, 28, of Miami, was driving the car that hit him. She told investigators another driver cut her off when she swerved into the victim. 

"Seeing there was a bicyclist on the road and knowing she had no way of stopping was very traumatizing to her," Carroll said. 

The impact sent the victim over the bridge and into the water. His body and bicycle were brought to shore by Miami Department of Fire-Rescue divers. 

A backpack and riding glove were found on the side of the road.

The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A report from the Florida Highway Patrol found that McDaniel had not been drinking alcohol at the time of the crash. McDaniel and her 27-year-old passenger were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with minor injuries. 

The victim's identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Authorities said the crash is still under investigation.

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