Two lives of cyclists were lost after a robbery ends in a tragic car crash at the intersection of Sheridan Street and Palm Avenue in Cooper City.
When 26-year-old Obrian Oakley made the mistake of escaping from the police after stealing from small items from unlocked cars, things turned out tragic. As he escaped away, he reached speeds of 100 mph and when his silver Infiniti ran a stop light, he collided into another car before he struck two cyclists, 61-year-old Christopher McConnell from Cooper City and 60-year-old Dean Amelkin from Coral Springs. Both cyclists died instantly.
The pursuit occurred at about 7 in the morning of Sunday wherein it was a time for the neighborhood’s winding, tree lined roads to have many joggers and dog walkers.
67-year-old Elvia Rodriguez, who was walking in the neighborhood when the accident happened, said that it was a mistake for the police to chase the man in that kind of speed. She said that more than 5 vehicles were pursuing the suspect.
Agency spokeswoman Dani Moschella had said that BSO officials have declined to comment on the case.
There is a possibility that the family of the two cyclist can sue the department if proven that the officers violated the policy of the department regarding chasing.
BSO-submitted arrest affidavit for Oakley states that he is charged with offenses that include burglary, petty theft, and first-degree murder of the two bicyclists. He had panicked when one resident caught him stealing and told him he was going to call the police.
Oakley tried to escape after he struck the two cyclists but was caught hours after by the police. The car, a red Toyota Sedan, which Oakley had collided initially had two occupants. Both sustained minor injuries.
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