Mt. Sinai Doctor Accused of Leaving Accident After Hitting Biker During Friday's Critical Mass
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.
The black Mercedes SL 550 that hit Anthony and Ulises Manzano on Friday
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."
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.
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."
Police traced this license plate to Dr. Irvin Willis, according to an accident report
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."