A Miami man was arrested hours after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run that left two bicyclists dead Sunday morning in Cooper City, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say Obrian Oakley, 26, spent a night out gambling at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Sadik Baxter, 25, before heading to Cooper City to burglarize homes and vehicles. The two allegedly broke into five vehicles in the Rock Creek neighborhood before a resident saw them and called police.
When police responded to the scene at 7:05 a.m., Baxter was arrested at the scene while Oakley managed to drive off in his girlfriend’s car. In his escape, Oakley ran a red light at Sheridan Street and hit another vehicle, which had the right of way. Oakley's car spun out and he slammed into longtime cyclists Christopher McConnell, 61, of Cooper City and Dean Amelkin, 60, of Coral Springs. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Though Oakley fled the scene on foot, he was found around noon by a Pembroke Pines K-9 officer. He is charged with burglary conveyance, petit theft, crash involving death or personal injury, crash to a vehicle or other property, and two counts of failure to render aid, according to BSO.
Baxter is charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary to a conveyance, larceny and petit theft.
Since the accident, area cyclists have paid their respects with a makeshift memorial at the scene. Fellow cyclist Jean Mondazze told CBS Miami that he was once the victim of a hit-and-run driver, and that such incidents happen too often.
“We are totally and completely defenseless,” Mondazze said. “This is a perfect example of what can happen.”