Memorial Held For Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver

MIAMI (CBSMIAMI) – Family members of a southwest Miami-Dade cyclist who was killed by a hit and run driver were joined by members of a cycling clubs on Sunday for a memorial and ‘slow ride’ through Kendall.

Miguel Rocafort, 51, was struck by a driver at SW 184th Street and 137th Avenue on March 31st. He died days later as the result of his injuries. Police have yet to find the driver.

During the ride, Rocafort’s family and friends pressed for action from police and urged anyone who knows who the driver to turn them in. The ride was organized in part by Safe Streets Miami which was created after the hit-and-run death of triathlete and businessman Aaron Cohen on the Rickenbacker Causeway earlier this year.  The organization works to create safer conditions on the road for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.

Rocafort’s family claims Kendall Regional Medical Center released Rocafort too early. He had suffered a broken neck, broken leg and fluid on the brain. He died when a blood clot caused fatal respiratory failure. The hospital said it treated the man properly but his family believes the hospital put insurance coverage issues above his care.

As for the hit and run vehicle, police said it might have been a dark-colored, four-door Honda.

If you know anything about the hit and run, please call police.

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