A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured early Sunday when the motorcycles they were riding collided, sending them both off their bikes and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 between Miami Gardens Drive and Ives Dairy Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Christian Salazar, 24, and Miriam Perez-Duarte, 21, were riding in tandem when the accident happened about 4:30 a.m. The crash shut down the southbound lanes of the highway for about four hours.
Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene. Perez-Duarte was taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with serious injuries, according to the FHP.
A Toyota Camry that was traveling behind the motorcycles hit debris and a tire before running over one of Salazar’s legs. The driver of the car, Winnie Benjamin, 20, was not injured in the accident.
FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash.
“We are constantly working fatals involving these fast motorcycles,” Sanchez said. “In a lot of these cases these motorcycle operators are driving in a reckless manner.”