Mt. Sinai Doctor Accused of Leaving Accident After Hitting Biker During Friday's Critical Mass

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The black Mercedes SL 550 that hit Anthony and Ulises Manzano on Friday
Miami Police are investigating accusations that a local doctor hit a father and son with his car as he weaved his way through Friday's Critical Mass bike ride.

According to a police report and interviews with victims, Mt. Sinai surgeon Irvin Willis drove his black Mercedes SL 550 into the Critical Mass crowd as it crossed the 79th Street Causeway on Friday evening, hitting 22-year-old Anthony Manzano. When Manzano's father tried to stop Willis's car, the doctor allegedly knocked him over too before running over his bicycle and driving off.

"If my dad hadn't jumped off the bike he would have run over him," says Manzano, who escaped with an injured wrist and bruised hip. "He had no concern for the health or well-being of anyone else. Apparently he had to be somewhere at that moment."

See also: Critical Mass Chaos: Cops Booed, Pelted With Objects After Arresting Ice-Cream Bicycle Chef

New Times left a message at Willis's Mt. Sinai office asking for comment. A receptionist said the doctor was "on vacation" and "unable to be contacted" this week. Calls to Willis's private phone were not returned.

The doctor has not been charged over the accident, although the police report says he was driving in a "careless or negligent manner" and "fled the scene." A Miami Police spokesman said an investigation is under way.

Manzano says he and several hundred other cyclists were headed east towards Miami Beach on the Causeway as they passed Pelican Harbor Drive. That's when Manzano spotted Willis's Mercedes weaving back and forth in an attempt to get through the massive peloton.

"He was actually cutting in front of oncoming traffic, making his own space by bullying his way into lanes," Manzano says.

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Police traced this license plate to Dr. Irvin Willis, according to an accident report
Manzano's father saw the car strike his son. "My son got in his way and so he turned to hit him," says Ulises Manzano. "He tapped him out of his way, knocked him off his bike. I tried to catch up to him and got close to him to tell him to stop. That's when he actually turned to hit me. He hit my bike tire, I hopped off, and then he ran over my bike."

Ulises Manzano says his bike was mangled under the Mercedes.

"The guy didn't stop," he says. "He basically knocked my son out of the way. It was pretty desperate."


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fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

It is troubling that the requirement about identifying the driver of a hit and run vehicle is seldom a problem except when the suspected driver is wealthy

If the driver is suspected to be the same as the registered owner, then shouldn't the owner have the burden to prove he was not the driver, i.e., identify the person to whom he loaned his car and an alibi to prove the owner was somewhere else other than driving when and where the victim was hit.

Erin Bannister
Erin Bannister

it wouldnt be miami if it happened any other way.

Carolina Tannhauser
Carolina Tannhauser

Critical mass needs to follow the rules of the road like motorists at all times. Imagine if motorists ran red lights once a month, can you imagine the disaster? I almost hit a straggler CM cyclist running through a red light. And it's not only that Miami drivers and cyclists are terrible on the roads, it's that Miami does not support or have the infrastructure for what would otherwise be a totally awesome event. Neither motorist or cyclist is safe, we just don't have the proper system for it, it's faulty, and you hear about accidents every day. Proceed at your own risk, I say.

Miguel Marquez
Miguel Marquez

What I find amazing is no one else is talking about this. Huffpost linked directly to the new times article but that's about it. Herald, sun sentinel, everyone else is quiet... This is gonna take forever to prosecute.. assuming it gets that far..

internetinternet
internetinternet

316.605 Licensing of vehicles.--...Nothing shall be placed upon the face of a Florida plate except as permitted by law or by rule or regulation of a governmental agency.

Should be getting one of these... Tag, None/Obscured/Defaced

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

The problem is NOT critical mass but the fucking stupid car drivers in miami, especially the stupid ass cubans, Remember Pedestrians and pedal bikes have the right of way, if you dont know that go fucking read the driving manual that they give you at the DMV...and dont be doing hit and runs cause your going straight to prison

Miguel Aybar
Miguel Aybar

Maeileen I tagged you so you could see the story :)

Daniel Lopez-Recio
Daniel Lopez-Recio

There is a bunch of selfish ass people here in miami i see. Critical Mass is freaking one day, let me capitalize that for everyone ONE DAY OUT OF THE MONTH FOR TWO HOURS. Yes there are bad cyclists in critical mass just like there are bad drivers. Imagine if all these bikers were to follow the rules just like a car the mass would take even longer. Also imagine if those critical mass riders and cars were to actually share the road. Shit you hear about that going on but it doesnt turn out so well for bikers see (key biscayne bicyclists getting killed.) Till the drivers of miami respect the cyclists, the cyclists will not respect the drivers easy as that. Thats why critical mass is important we're trying to show drivers that we are trying to make it a fun thing albeit the bad apples in the bunch.

jdomar
jdomar

What's shameful is that for the cops to do anything this has to first get reported in the paper.

R6exy
R6exy

Saw this coming from MILES away. Even called it in the other article on CM.

Both are at fault, more so the driver for fleeing the scene like an idiot.

Keep fucking around and somethings bound to happen

Bob Yard
Bob Yard

Funny how he's sporting a Fraternal Order of Police plaque on his plate....Think he's a big donor?

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

The issue here is not that the Critical Mass riders are a problem..the issue is that this Doctor hit two persons and left the scene. he was wrong and will have to f the consequences of his decision. As far as the Critical mass group, they will have to become more responsible riders.(this still doesn't give the DR, the right to hit them and leave the scene).

Rima3
Rima3

I find it very telling that in Miami, most commenters do not respond with a shocked outcry of how someone injured another innocent person willingly, but rather focus on how careless bikers rider and how annoying Critical Mass is (oh no, I have to stop for 10 mins in my car on my oh-so-important trip to the mall). Never mind that this kid could have been seriously injured due to a driver's ignorance and aggressive behavior :(

m.delvalle1
m.delvalle1

Remember the roads were originally meant for cyclists.

simon.gomez
simon.gomez

I don't understand most comments here. The initial accident may have been, and probably was, caused by how stupid most cyclist behave in this event, but regardless of how dumb and poorly managed Critical Mass is, there is no justification for Dr. Willis actions after hitting the younger Manzano and on top of that leaving the scene of an injury accident. It is actually very simple.

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

It's a bunch of people who just want to party on their bikes. The ORIGINAL Critical Mass rides in the Northern US were about protesting the high gas prices, the environment, The poor state of the nation's transportation systems, etc. Not just a bunch of people who are following the latest trend, and just want yet another excuse to party in the streets of Miami.

Matt Bourie
Matt Bourie

dude fuck those bikers at critical mass, they don't follow any rules of the road they all deserve to get hit by cars

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

it's MIAMI ............... what do you expect ?

Lam Nguyen
Lam Nguyen

Critical mass is the dumbest event ever. It makes real cyclist look bad. I, myself, stop at red lights, wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road. These people at critical mass break all the rules and make real cyclist look bad. They block traffic, run red lights, don't use lights on their bikes at night (it's the law), no helmets and no concern for anyone else on the road. Stupid event.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

Critical Mass is supposed to be a fun event . i stopped doing it due to the idiots on bikes that do stupid stuff.

font-r
font-r

All of the previous comments are accepted and validated, but the point here is: if you hit someone or something while driving you must STOP. If that someone is hurt, you must offer HELP! It's that simple. This is not a matter of who has the right of way or who has the most powerful vehicle. It is common sense-something many of us lack.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

This would be a good time to clear up the meaning of those FOP badges obscuring the license plates.

AnnMarie Soto
AnnMarie Soto

They also take up 3 lanes of 8th street/US 41, leaving only one lane to go east- and extremely slow. I have seen them get aggressive with cars. And they aren't keeping in mind, that the motorists are supposed to give them a half a car's width of space, as they are driving in between cars at stop lights and in the flow of traffic. Just as dangerous as the motorcyclists when they pull stunts like that. Theres no doubt that there needs to be more respect for one another on the streets of miami- but this is not the way to garner that respect.

Pedro Lujan
Pedro Lujan

I agree with Joe, it is time that bikers are held accountable for their driving. I see it every day (not all, not even most, but a good bunch of them) ridding cross red lights, not stoping at stop signs, ridding in groups of 3 or more side by side so the can chat, texting, talking on the phone and riding with one hand. More than once I have rolled down my window to let them know that the run a red light just to be closely introduced to our friend the finger! One day somebody I'd going to loose it.

Joe Matos
Joe Matos

I have been stuck in traffic during these Critical Mass events and it is very frustrating when the bikers do not stop at the red lights, i knew it was only a matter of time until someone got frustrated and hit one of these bikers. I am not saying that it is right but i have seen many people try to edge their cars by these bikes almost causing accidents. This event may seem like fun to many but it is very dangerous for the riders. I'm glad no one died.

AnnMarie Soto
AnnMarie Soto

Its begun. Only a matter of time before someone goes a-wall.

terrymiami
terrymiami

ALL the Critical Mass bikers are BAD CYCLISTS.  THEY ALL run red lights, illegally ignoring the right of way.

terrymiami
terrymiami

ALL the Critical Mass bikers are BAD CYCLISTS.  THEY ALL run red lights, illegally ignoring the right of way.

jorgemederos
jorgemederos

You're the scum of humanity guy. How can you say these people deserve to get hit by cars??

marlongxx
marlongxx

@Matt Bourie it's Miami.. drivers don't follow the rules of the road either

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font-r

But fun for many who are not "professional cyclists" and who like to participate in a fun organized activity once a month.

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

@Pedro Lujan Replace 'biker' with 'driver' and it explains Miami pretty well also.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@font-r 

sorry but here in soFLA the sport of hit-and-run incidents have and will continue to dominate the story

there are simply too many self-absorbed less intelligent and totally self-centered people in SUVs and HUMMers all on cellphones ................ and whoever co-mingled vehicular traffic with pedestrians as a good idea is sadistic.........to clash with cyclists who just as well should find an isolated park or cordoned off area away from cars and pedestrians to excercise their rights

people set up conflict here and then have something to complain about - just like we elect idiots to public office and then feign disappointment when they turn out to be ineffective and empty-headed

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