Bicyclist faces deportation after crash in Keys, reports say

A bicyclist who was struck by a pickup in the Keys in April now faces deportation, accoridng to reports. 

The crash took place as the pickup was traveling northbound on U.S.-1 at mile marker 4.5 when it approached a three-way intersection at Macdonald Avenue,  the Florida Highway Patrol reports said. 

The bicyclist, Marcos Antonio Huete, 31, of Honduras, attempted to cross in front of the pickup and “darted out” in front of the vehicle, FHP said.

When the crash took place Huete was asked of he spoke English and if he was a citizen by a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, according to body camera video. 

The right front of pickup struck the right rear tire of  bicycle causing Huete to fall onto the sidewalk.

“I’m a nervous wreck, but I’m OK,” the driver of the pickup said after the crash. “He just pulled out right in front of me. And I tried to stop but I couldn’t.”

The driver said when she saw the cyclist he was “half dead” and screaming.

The cyclist was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and was later released.

The estimated bicycle damage is $200, FHP said. 

Huete was cited for the crash and has been in police custody ever since. His family is now questioning the way law enforcement handled the situation. 

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Bicyclist ‘darted’ in front of vehicle in Keys, causes crash, police say

A bicyclist was struck by a pickup in the Keys on Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

The crash took place as the pickup was traveling northbound on U.S.-1 at mile marker 4.5 when it approached a three-way intersection at Macdonald Avenue, FHP said.

The bicyclist veered attempted to cross in front of the pickup and “darted out” in front of the vehicle, FHP said.

The right front of pickup struck the right rear tire of  bicycle causing the cyclist to fall onto the sidewalk.

“I’m a nervous wreck, but I’m OK,” the driver of the pickup said after the crash. “He just pulled out right in front of me. And I tried to stop but I couldn’t.”

The driver said when she saw the cyclist he was “half dead” and screaming.

The cyclist was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and was later released.

The estimated bicycle damage is $200, FHP said. 

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Police search for suspect who put hidden cameras in Keys’ women’s bathrooms

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man suspected of placing hidden cameras in women’s bathrooms in the Florida Keys.

Charles Schmidt, 36, is believed to have placed coat hooks with cameras inside the public bathroom stalls at Anne’s Beach in Islamorada, the Circle K store at mile marker 99 and public restrooms at Harry Harris Park.

The cameras were discovered last May. 

Detectives found videos showing women and girls in various states of undress. In one of the videos labeled “test,” the arm of a man is seen with a tattoo.

When looking at surveillance video from the Circle K, detectives saw a man with a similar tattoo. In the video, the man, later identified as Schmidt, is seen walking past the men’s bathroom and going into the women’s restroom.

The coat hook camera videos show numerous women and underage girls.

Schmidt, who is wanted on a total of 16 counts of video voyeurism, is believed to have fled the area with his girlfriend, Shelly Arnold.

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The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on Schmidt’s whereabouts to call the department at 305-289-2361, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-346-8477.

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Man, 71, dies in fire at Big Pine Key home

A 71-year-old man died in a fire Thursday night at a home in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said the fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. on Avenue B in Big Pine Key.

The first deputy to arrive tried to go inside the home, but the fire and smoke was too intense, Herrin said.

Firefighters arrived minutes later and extinguished the flames.

Detectives and the state fire marshal are investigating what caused the fire.

The victim’s identity hasn’t been released.

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Small plane’s nose gear collapses while landing in Marathon

A small airplane’s nose gear collapsed Thursday afternoon while it was landing in Marathon.

The incident was reported at 1:10 p.m. at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport.

Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said two people were aboard the single-engine Cirrus SR22.

No injuries were reported.

Clark said the plane and debris were removed from the runway, which reopened at 2 p.m.

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