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Man critically hurt trying to rescue stray cat on turnpike

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Updated: 9/24/2013 10:51 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A 35-year-old Tequesta man tried to rescue a stray cat on Florida's Turnpike in Broward County on Monday but was hit by a car and taken to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

Michael James Schneider was taken to the Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach after being injured shortly after 5 p.m. Monday.

The person who hit Schneider died after crashing into Schneider's parked car and a guardrail, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report. Authorities had not released that person's name late Monday pending notification of family.

According to the FHP report, Schneider was traveling in the turnpike's northbound lanes in the Pompano Beach area south of the Sawgrass Expressway when he noticed a cat in the roadway.
Schneider pulled his 2003 Toyota Tundra over and tried to help the animal when another car approached. The driver of the other vehicle, a 2010 Honda Accord, was unable to stop and ran into Schneider.

With Schneider on the Honda's hood, the Honda struck Schneider's pickup and then a guardrail, the report said.

The impact with the guardrail caused Schneider to be ejected off the Honda and onto the grass shoulder. Both Schneider and the unidentified driver were taken to Broward Health North. The unidentified driver was died at about 6 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation, the FHP report said. The driver of the Accord was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. No determination was made Monday whether alcohol had played a role in the crash.
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