MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are investigating after, officials said, a man riding his bicycle was struck and killed by a transit bus, Saturday evening.
According to Miami Fire Rescue, the victim was riding a bicycle along Northeast 79th Street when he ran into the path of the Miami-Dade Transit bus, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 6:30 p.m. He was then run over, and he became trapped underneath the vehicle.
Keshia Hayes, who was on board the L bus at the time of the accident, said passengers urged the driver to stop. “I heard it, and then everybody started yelling, yelling,” she said.
Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the department received multiple calls about the accident. “We received numerous calls that an adult male was on the ground, was not moving,” he said.
Witness Irene Scott described the chaotic scene. “The ambulance was coming down, hollering, screaming,” she said.
“I was on the left side of the bus, the same side of the victim,” said Hayes.
Officials said the bicyclist succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
7News cameras captured the victim’s bike visible under the bus, as well as his covered body.
Authorities said there were about 80 people on board at the time the bicyclist was hit.
Hayes thinks the driver may have taken her eyes off the road just before the crash. “I think she got distracted from somebody else that tried to run straight to the bus,” she said. ” because they wanted to get off the bus, and they were trying to catch another bus. People do that a lot.”
Officers shut down Northeast 79th Street in both directions while they investigated. As of 10 p.m., two blocks remained closed to traffic.
Although the crash happened in the City of Miami, Miami-Dade Police are handling the investigation because a county vehicle was involved.
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