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Motorcycle Accident Closes MacArthur For Hours

A deadly accident on the MacArthur Causeway had traffic backed up for hours, and the police hoping a message will be underscored.

Saturday afternoon, 21-year-old Barbara Gonzalez was going home after a day on the beach when she became a witness to a violent death. She called her mother, who was in another car.

"Oh she was hysterical," Gonzalez's mother Susan Tarrago told CBS4's Gio Benitez. "'Just hurry up, hurry up; come back! Something happened!' I said, 'What happened?!' She said, 'We got involved in a car accident with a motorcycle.'"

Gonzalez told her mom that she felt something hit the back of her car. When she looked forward, she saw the motorcycle, and two bodies, fly in front of her. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Ryder Trauma Center. The woman was killed.

Raul Montero is the motorcycle driver's boss at Dadeland Dodge. "Great guy," he described. "I can't say anything bad about him."

Montero says he considers the man a son, since the driver's family lives in Texas.

Montero went on to say that both liked to ride their bikes on the weekend, but never wear helmets. "You know, we like to feel the wind on our head."

Kenia Reyes with the City of Miami Police hopes that's a habit that will soon change. "We continuously tell people that when you're on a motorcycle, make sure you wear helmets."

The Causeway was backed up for hours going westbound; eastbound was backed up nearly a mile during the investigation.