DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Davie police are investigating the death of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by an on-duty Pembroke Pines police detective.

Davie police said detective Mike Pazienza was driving an unmarked police cruiser westbound on Stirling Road when he struck 47-year old Doug Beebout on a bike near NW 66th Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Monday.

“I heard a big boom,” said Willie Cardona. “I said, ‘Oh, somebody blew their tire’.”

When Cardona ran to see what the ‘big boom’ was, he saw that someone had been hit by a car but he had no idea it was his friend Doug Beebout, a guy he was hanging out with just moments before the accident.

“This is my friend, we were supposed, that I was supposed to work with today. I couldn’t even recognize him because his body was all discombobulated.”

According to investigators, Pembroke Pines police detective Mike Pazienza was on-duty at the time. Police believe Beebout rode his bike in front of the detective’s unmarked car.

“He was crossing the roadway nowhere near any crosswalk or anything like that.  I haven’t spoken to any of the witnesses, the investigation is ongoing, but I would be likely to believe that he just crossed the road in front of the officer,” said Davie police Captain Dale Engle.

Cardona said moments before Beebout was hit, he hadt a few beers and planned on a night at home on the couch.

“His back was hurting from the last job we did. We were laying tiles, laying some landscaping, tree trimming and he hurt his back,” said Cardona. “He just wanted to go home, eat, take some beers and watch the game.”

One witness said at the time of the accident, the officer appeared to be speeding.  The officer reportedly did not have his emergency lights or siren on at the time of the crash.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Jason Reynolds who saw it happen, “They’re here ‘to serve and protect’ and here they are hitting a man on a bicycle.  Pedestrians always have the right away.”

Pembroke Pines police have not said what the officer was doing in Davie at the time of the accident.

Comments (8)
  1. mark says:

    This is HOMICIDE but will never be treated as such.
    Look at the next cop you see in his/her cruiser and see them constantly on the free phone we provide. These calls are not work related. This is a huge factor in the now DAILY cruiser crashes. Not to mention using the laptop while driving.
    If the public could see the bills related to these free phones they would be angry and disgusted.
    I appreciate cops when they do their jobs but the sense of entitlement is rampant in south Florida and is well known across the country.
    I am sick of watching bums sitting on the same bus benches everyday smoking pot and drinking while cops on their phone just drive by.
    Another example; In Fort Lauderdale on Broward blvd every morning in front of the police station in a school zone there is speeding, J walking and cars grid-locking intersections, nuff said !!!!!!!!!

  2. INFIDEL says:

    Yep, it’s easy to point a finger while you’re warm and snuggly. Cops are easy targets. “DAILY cruiser crashes” is a gross exaggeration. If the cop was wrong, he’ll be dealt with properly. If he’s found to have no wrong doing, how many people will apologise for their “assumptions”? I predict none. As long as John Q. Citizen gets his way, he’s happy. When he can cast his own errors onto a police officer, there’s no hesitation. I don’t know who was at fault in this crash, but I know I’ll wait until all the facts are presented before I look for a resolution. You should appreciate what you have for protection and service. If not…. try searching for an armed burglar in a dark building some time. You’ll get a whole new perspective.

  3. F. U. says:

    The likelihood that the officer was speeding doesn’t surprise me. Seeing ANY police obeying laws such as; speed limits, stop signs, right turn on red AFTER stopping, not weaving through traffic, etc., THAT would surprise me!!!!!!!!!! I would think the police should be out there setting GOOD examples not bad. Ever heard of a turn indicator??

  4. Luis bonilla says:

    Police officer seem to make headlines just about everyday.

  5. ConcernedCitizen says:

    I have to agree, do you ever see a police officer obeying the laws they are sworn to up hold, always abusing the badge. You know their own will always protect them, I would rather they weren’t here and we were able to protect ourselves, they sure are never around. SHAME ON THE POLICE. NO BETTER THAN THE CRIMINALS THE BECOME. JUST LOOK AT THE OPA LOCKA COP. CROOKS.

  6. Lisa Kokal says:

    Trying to reach anyone with any information about Doug Beebout. He was my cousin. Looking for friends, anyone at all.
    Lisa Kokal (II am on facebook)

  7. Orenthal says:

    Bikers need to use lights and follow the traffic regulations

  8. Lisa Kokal says:

    Everyone needs to follow the traffic regulations

    Including the police.

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