A Key Biscayne cyclist was left unconscious and put into critical condition after a hit-and-run collision with a vehicle on the Rickenbacker Causeway last evening. The cyclist, Carlos Trevisson Maza, is a first cousin to Council Member Brett Moss.
Moss said Maza was with his brother in law when both were riding southbound in the green bike lane. He said that around 6 p.m., a vehicle swerved into the lane and hit Maza from behind near the Crandon Park Tennis Center.
“The car did not stop, it just took off,” Moss said his relative told him. “Fortunately, the next car pulled over and helped him.”
Moss said his cousin did not regain consciousness. He said his wife and other family members have been staying by Maza’s side at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, but said he remains sedated. Additional family members are flying in.
“Doctors are hopeful he is going to progress in a positive way,” but said his cousin was still in the intensive care unit Wednesday.
He said Maza, 48, is a mechanical engineer and has two children, one of whom is about to turn six.
The Rickenbacker has been the subject of scrutiny by Miami-Dade County after a deadly crash last May. County officials lowered speeds in various locations but then standardized a 40 mph limit for the entire roadway.
Miami-Dade police have not released much information about the investigation, including the make and model of the vehicle police are searching for. Moss said he could not immediately confirm media accounts that it was a Black SUV.
Police have asked people with information to call Crime Stoppers (305) 471-TIPS.
Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.