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 highway patrol statement says Schneider was hit by a northbound car.
Troopers 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.
Troopers say the motorist was later pronounced dead and Schneider was in critical condition.
According to investigators, the cat died.