Police: Deadly turnpike crash after cat rescue bid

Published On: Sep 24 2013 03:22:35 PM EDT
MIAMI -

Police say a motorist is dead after her car struck a man who had stopped beside Florida's Turnpike to rescue 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. He parked by the roadway and walked back toward the cat.

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 motorist was later pronounced dead and Schneider was in critical condition.

Police told The Herald the cat died.