Broward County

SUV hits, kills bicyclist, then goes careening down the street after driver jumps out

A 26-year-old Miramar man riding a bicycle died instantly in Pembroke Pines early Sunday morning when he was struck by an SUV as he rode north along University Drive, police said.

Jonadin Saint-Louis of Miramar was riding his bicycle northbound within the bike lane, police said, when a 2013 Hyundai SUV driven by Alexandra Malikah Olivier of Miramar hit him from behind just after 3 a.m.

The collision tossed Saint-Louis on the hood and windshield of the SUV where he died instantly. Police wouldn’t reveal how fast the SUV was traveling, but the area around where the collision took place — the 1200 block of South University — has a posted speed limit of 45 mph.

The crash had an odd aftermath to the collision that initially made police think they were investigating two different accidents. The empty Hyundai was found 12 or 13 blocks away.

Olivier and her passenger, Paula Jennie Santiago of Davie, told police that they never saw the bicycle. But when the SUV’s airbags burst open after the collision, they jumped out. The vehicle started to move, Saint-Louis’ body fell to the ground, and the driverless SUV took off a dozen or so blocks up the street before ramming into a tree.

“I’ve never seen a runaway vehicle go so far on its own,” said police spokesman St. John Baker.

When police arrived, one of the women was waiting with the victim while the other had gone in search of a telephone. They were both taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Meanwhile, University Drive was closed for a long while in both directions as police inspected both collision scenes.

No charges were filed in connection with the accident, but Baker said the investigation is continuing.