MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took a bicyclist to the hospital after, officials said, he was struck by a driver who may have been driving under the influence, Friday morning, in Miami Beach.
The motorist, identified as Oliver Antonio Reyes, could be seen stumbling during a sobriety test at around 8 a.m. after, Miami Beach Police said, he hit the cyclist along Dade Boulevard between Alton Road and Bay Road.
Paramedics transported the cyclist, Carlos Garcia, to Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe head injuries.
Police said immediately, they had some concerns about the driver, thus conducting the field sobriety test. Later on, Reyes could be seen being walked away in handcuffs.
“At approximately 8 this morning, we received a 911 call indicating that a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez. “Upon officers’ arrival and the Miami Beach Fire Department, the victim was transported by the fire department to Jackson Ryder Trauma in serious condition but is expected to survive.”
Reyes stayed at the scene. “At this point, Miami Beach accident investigators are on scene, not only investigating the crash, but this is also a DUI investigation,” said Rodriguez.
Police also stayed at the scene for hours conducting their investigation, and closing off the area.
Officials have since released the driver’s mugshot. According to police, Reyes told them that he was trying to go home.
Reyes was arrested and charged with DUI. Officials said he was three times over the legal limit.
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