MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Motorcycles, ATVs, and dirt bikes flooded the streets and highways of South Florida Monday afternoon and night, performing reckless wheelies and weaving in and out of traffic.
This years Martin Luther King Day “ Wheels Up Guns Down 2017 ” motorized madness saw people hurt and killed.
Motorcyclists could be seen speeding through the streets of Miami around 2:3o p.m. They made their way up I-95 through Miami, and west into Opa Locka and down into Liberty City, popping wheelies and blocking traffic.
The operator of a dirt bike collided with a woman’s car at NW 6th Avenue and 54th Street on Monday night in Miami.
The rider was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in full cardiac arrest, and died at the hospital.
Traffic homicide investigators arrived at the crash scene, and remained for hours.
At the Palmetto Expressway and NW 27th Avenue in Miami Gardens, a biker lay gravely injured on the pavement, thrown through the air after being hit by a pickup truck.
His pals hung around, not helping him. And when the cops showed up, his buddies took off on their bikes, leaving him lying in the street.
He was air rescued to Ryder Trauma Center with multiple, serious injuries.
On Sunday, a 20-year-old on an illegal ATV was killed while riding with a pack and losing control on the Palmetto Expressway. It’s believed he traveled from Orlando to participate in the event.
“That’s something very serious. As you can tell, there are people who have been injured and even lost their lives,” said Miami-Dade Det. Daniel Ferrin. “This is not where we want to be. We want to try to avoid this type of reckless behavior.”