Driver arrested on DUI charges after bicyclist struck by car, Miami Beach police say

Bicyclist expected to survive

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A driver was arrested on DUI charges Friday after striking a bicyclist in Miami Beach, authorities said.

The crash was reported just before 8 a.m. near 1301 Dade Blvd.

According to an arrest report, Oliver Reyes, 28, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville west on Dade Boulevard when he approached West Avenue.

Police said there were stop signs posted for all directions because the traffic light was out, but Reyes failed to stop before striking the bicyclist. 

The bicyclist rolled onto Reyes's car before falling into the roadway, authorities said.

Police said Reyes continued to drive west and then came to a stop just west of the Dade Boulevard and West Avenue intersection.

Police said Reyes got out of his car and checked on the victim while a witness called 911. 

According to the arrest report, Reyes appeared to be impaired, because he had slurred speed, a flushed face, bloodshot, watery eyes and his breath smelled like an alcoholic beverage. 

Police said his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

The bicyclist was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with injuries to his head and a dislocated right hip that required immediate surgery. He is expected to survive, authorities said. 

Reyes was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, DUI causing serious bodily injury and DUI causing property damage. 

 

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