Police release 911 calls in Cycling Family Broward tragedy

Frantic 911 calls followed crash killing Denise Marsh, Carlos Rodriguez

By Nicole Perez - Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

DAVIE, Fla. - Police on Wednesday released the frantic 911 calls made after a car plowed into a group of bicyclists Nov. 25 in Davie.

Nicole Vanderweit said she was distracted when she struck a group of cyclists on State Road 84, Davie police Sgt. Mark Leone said.

The 33-year-old driver of the 2012 Honda Fit was behind the members of Cycling Family Broward when she struck them and swerved off the road, Leone said.

Vanderweit later said the morning sun was blinding. She struck them and swerved off the road, Leone said.

"I hit a bunch of bicyclists," Vanderweit said during her 911 call.

A panicked Vanderweit also told the 911 dispatcher she didn't see them.

"Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!" she said. "I didn't even see them. Oh my God!"

Other witnesses also called 911 to report the crash. 

"There is three, four, five bodies. There is one person giving him CPR," a woman told dispatch. 

"We got a whole bunch of cyclist down. We got one not breathing with a head wound, pretty bad," a man said during a 911 call.

A witness recorded video of the aftermath corroborating the caller's description. During another 911 call, a woman in tears said there were bodies on the ground. 

"It looks like two of them are not moving at all," another 911 caller said. "There is a lady that is not moving."

Paramedics took five victims to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Only three survived. 

Denise Marsh, 53, and Carlos Rodriguez, 62, were among the injured. They later died at the hospital. 

Vanderweit remained at the scene of the crash, handed over her mobile phone to detectives and released a remorseful statement days later. The strength of the impact cracked the windshield and dented the roof of her car. 

Leone said investigators do not believe that speed, alcohol or drugs were a factor. Prosecutors have not charged Vanderweit pending the outcome of the investigation.

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