Police: Deadly Turnpike crash after cat rescue attempt

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.

MIAMI — Police say a motorist is dead after her car struck a man who stopped beside Florida's Turnpike and got out to go after a cat.

The Florida Highway Patrol told The Miami Herald that 35-year-old Michael James Schneider of Tequesta was northbound on the turnpike in Broward County when he noticed the cat Monday afternoon, parked by the roadway and walked back toward it.

A Patrol statement says Schneider was hit by a northbound car. Police say the female driver, whose name wasn't released, went off the road with Schneider on the hood before hitting his parked car and a guardrail, tossing him to the shoulder. Police say the female motorist was later pronounced dead and Schneider was in critical condition.

The cat's fate wasn't known.

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