Attempt to save cat results in fatal wreck in South Florida

A man who tried to help a cat on the turnpike is in critical condition

Published On: Sep 24 2013 10:52:44 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2013 11:09:58 AM EDT

Police say a motorist is dead after her car struck a man who stopped beside Florida's Turnpike and got out to go after a cat.

The Florida Highway Patrol told The Miami Herald that 35-year-old Michael James Schneider of Tequesta was northbound on the turnpike in Broward County when he noticed the cat Monday afternoon,  parked by the roadway and walked back toward it.

A Patrol statement says Schneider was hit by a northbound car.  Police say the female driver, whose name wasn't released, went off the road with Schneider on the hood before hitting his parked car and a guardrail, tossing him to the shoulder. Police say the female motorist was later pronounced dead and Schneider was in critical condition.

The cat's fate wasn't known.