Police say a bicyclist who tried to beat a drawbridge in Miami slid to his death down the rising concrete slab
Fred Medina, 58, died Wednesday on his morning bike ride from Aventura to Key Biscayne when he tried to make it past the South Miami Avenue Bridge that links downtown Miami and Brickell over the Miami River.
Miami Police said the avid cyclist and married father-of-two tried to overtake the opening as its warning arms levered downward and the whistle blew.
The freak accident unfolded around 6 am Wednesday when he was cycling with a friend, Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat told the Miami Herald.
The barriers started coming down on the bridge and the alarm sounded but Medina made his way onto the bridge anyway, presumably believing he could make it over in time.
Medina’s friend Stephen Tannenbaum told WSVN their friend Steve managed to cross the bridge ahead of him when tragedy struck.
Medina, who rode the same journey almost every morning, didn’t make it in time and was left clinging on to the bridge as it rose into the air.
The Downtown Development Authority has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation to install gates that would block people from going under the arms, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell said.
“To me, this is about cycling safety and making sure the city, county and state have the right infrastructure to make cycling safe for everyone in the city,” he said.