Sunrise police: Driver reading text killed bicyclist

By Ben Candea, Senior Web Producer, bcandea@local10.com
Published On: May 13 2013 12:06:27 PM EDT
Updated On: May 14 2013 10:00:58 AM EDT
SUNRISE, Fla. -

Police arrested a driver who detectives say looked down to read a text message when he hit and killed a bicyclist on Sunset Strip in Sunrise the night of the Super Bowl.

A tip to Broward Crime Stoppers led Sunrise police to charge 26-year-old Rodney Fradin with tampering with evidence; leaving the scene of a crash involving death; and, driving with a suspended license.

Fradin told investigators he was reading a text message when he felt his vehicle drift off the roadway and heard a "clack" noise, police said. He didn't stop because his license was suspended.

Officers responding to the crash on Feb. 3 found the body of 49-year-old John Quintal and his damaged bicycle, police said.

When Fradin heard about the fatal crash, he got his vehicle repaired but failed to report his involvement, police said.


--Pictured: John Quintal and his bicycle

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