COOPER CITY (CBSMiami) – A memorial bike ride was held Sunday morning for two cyclists who were killed last weekend by a man fleeing police.
The riders followed the same route Chris McConnell, 61, and Dean Amelkin, 60, cycled for the past 25 years.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said last Sunday Obrian Oakley, 26, ran a red light and collided with another vehicle near the intersection of Sheridan Street and Hiatus Road. Investigators said his silver Infiniti spun out of control and crashed in to McConnell and Amelkin. Oakley is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the case.
The sheriff’s office said Oakley ran the red light while trying to flee deputies after he allegedly got caught breaking into cars.
According to authorities, Oakley and Sadik Baxter, 25, broke in to five cars in the Rock Creek neighborhood after a night of gambling at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Baxter is charged with burglary, larceny and petit theft, but he’s not accused in the cyclists’ deaths.
Proceeds from the memorial ride will go to “SHARE THE ROAD” which educates drivers on the need to be mindful of cyclists on the road.