Florida Man Tries to Rescue Cat on Turnpike, Instead Causes Fatal Car Crash

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In Florida, there is an apparently fuzzy line between loving animals and loving animals. For those who do not understand the difference, let's look at two examples from yesterday's headlines.

In the first case, the Miami Gardens Police Department announced it would hold funeral services tomorrow for a German shepherd K-9 dog named Max that was killed recently in the line of duty.

In the second, a man spotted a stray cat on the Turnpike. But when he stopped his car to try to save the animal, he caused a horrible accident that killed another driver and landed him in critical condition.

One of these things is not OK.

If you picked the dead hero dog, then, well, you either have a reflexive hatred of German shepherds or a thing against cops. Sure, a publicly financed funeral for an animal seems a bit excessive at first, but Max probably did a helluva lot more for his community than you ever will.

Stopping abruptly on the side of a mega-highway to save a stray cat, however, is insane.

Yet, that's exactly what Michael James Schneider did Monday afternoon in Broward County. The 35-year-old Tequesta native pulled his Toyota Tundra onto the northbound shoulder of the Turnpike to rescue the animal.

Instead, the demonic creature drew him into oncoming traffic. An unidentified woman hit Schneider with her car before losing control.

Schneider was thrown onto the grass, but the driver was not as lucky. She crashed and was later pronounced dead at Broward Health North, according to the Miami Herald.

Schneider remains in serious condition. The feline's fate remains a mystery.

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caretakercat
caretakercat

This is a horrific tragedy and no one knows all details. Maybe the question we should be asking is why do we have so many stray animals roaming our communities? In Miami-Dade voters tried to fund the Pets Trust to humanely solve this problem and politicians brushed them off. Pet overpopulation is very costly to society  -in inuries and loss of lives to people and animals and to hidden costs like money going to non profit animal organizations to courts, hospitals, police etc.

How many accidents have been caused by people driving in the road and swerving to miss a animal dumped there? How many people's first reaction would not be to swerve and probably cause an accident?

We need to make our elected officals start offering free spay neutering and other known solutions to this problem.

Anubian_H
Anubian_H

I'm an all around animal lover, and have stopped for everything from dogs, cats, turtles. I would never stop abruptly on the turnpike or any major road to save an animal, who is also more aware and better able to navigate through traffic without another immediate threat, like a person chasing it. That was incredibly ignorant and naive of him.

blackbelt
blackbelt

This reminds me of a similar story concerning the beautiful Zina Bethune star of the show The Nurses. Zina was a beautiful person inside and out. She saw what she thought was a wounded animal on the highway in California. It turned out to be a dead possum however as she walked along the side of the highway a car hit her and never stopped. Zina died from her injuries. She wasn't on the highway neither was her automobile it's just people don't pay attention to what's going on while they are driving.

blackbelt
blackbelt

This reminds me of a similar story concerning the beautiful Zina Bethune star of the show The Nurses. Zina was a beautiful person inside and out. She saw what she thought was a wounded animal on the highway in California. It turned out to be a dead possum however as she walked along the side of the highway a car hit her and never stopped. Zina died from her injuries. She wasn't on the highway neither was her automobile it's just people don't pay attention to what's going on while they are driving.

danielavideo
danielavideo

seriously some people need to get out of that Florida Sun

Antagonist
Antagonist

I would have ran the cat over, no need for these hell spawn to exist.

Samm
Samm

"Instead, the demonic creature drew him into oncoming traffic."

Sounds like someone has a "reflexive hatred" against cats. Maybe if you at least tried to conceal your bias, they'd actually let you write about real news.

katlina
katlina

I have stopped to help many kitties and never caused an accident. Maybe the woman was talking on her phone and not paying any attention! It is so very wrong to blame a person doing a good thing. And to call the cat a demonic creature says a lot about the person that wrote this. Shameful!!!

Paige Mikeska Wimsatt
Paige Mikeska Wimsatt

The only demonic creature is the infantile jerk that "wrote" the article. Seriously, though, for a 3rd grader, the article's not that badly written.

Dorian Wagner
Dorian Wagner

"Instead, the demonic creature drew him into oncoming traffic." Really? I think there are many of us that would have done the same thing, or at least tried to help. It is sad how this ended up, but even sadder how it was reported.

jareau
jareau

The woman was driving a late model gold Honda Accord, 4 doors, of course. My guess is she died on impact, or while waiting for help. I saw the firemen cutting the doors off the car, they weren't in any rush, though. 

And the Sheriff's Office Helicopter that was standing by didn't have any stretchers ready, and there were no EMT's scurrying around, or working on her from the passenger side of the car. 

The cat, however, I did see get scraped up from the highway. White, Black... and red. It was a long, flat shovel, probably 48"... one of those you get at home depot for about 10 bucks. Useful in times like this, or for digging holes, but I digress. Here's a pic of the car, a few firemen, and the helicopter: 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151937240528384&set=a.10150219461553384.348556.503163383&type=1&theater¬if_t=photo_comment

stoneloc3676
stoneloc3676

the poor guy is a moron  . and you idiots who think its a good idea to stop on a highway to save a cat are morons  too.. 

Mcfadden295
Mcfadden295

I am not a "cat lover", but why the hell would you try to smear this guys name and embarrass him for trying to do what he thought was the right and humane thing?  Turned out to be the wrong choice and a very unfortunate and horrific thing occurred, but DAMN...you're gonna treat him like a criminal now???  If it had gone the other way would there be warm and fuzzy articles written about it?  Probably.  Shame on YOU New Times!


Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

the road to hell is paved with good intentions...

cour71
cour71

I've been tempted to do the same because most people don't have the same empathy for cats as they do for dogs. Unfortunately there are way too many stray cats and Miami drivers won't go out of their way to not run them over...they feel the same way about bicyclists

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

Poor guy was trying to do the right thing. I'm a cat lover but know it's a risk you cant take with Miami drivers.

Monika Kulik
Monika Kulik

Ugh I got calls from the hospital about him last night all night. Poor guy.

riverfrontcats
riverfrontcats

@Dorian Wagner We agree. Cats are NOT "demonic".  They are innocent creatures. Someone tried to be a good Samaritan. None of us were there to see exactly how it happened. It was an unfortunate accident. I would have done the same thing as Mr. Schneider. We pray he pulls through. 

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