MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man on a motorcycle was killed when he slammed his bike into the side of a Miami Fire Rescue unit early Monday morning.

Department spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said Rescue 9 had its emergency lights and sirens on when it was broadsided by a motorcyclist at NW 46th Street and 12th Avenue. On impact the man, identified as 36-year old Charles Flowers, was thrown for about 100 feet.  Flowers was not wearing a helmet.

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Carroll said the critically injured Flowers was rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The patient who was being transported in the rescue unit was not injured.

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John Smith said he never thought he would see a man’s life end so violently.

“It caught on fire and exploded,” said Smith, “I saw the vehicle, he bounced off the vehicle and went up in the air and flipped behind our car face first on the concrete.”

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Police said Flowers failed to stop at the red light at the intersection and ignored the sirens and lights of the rescue unit.