Widow of slain Florida cyclist files wrongful death lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the widow of Walter Reyes, a bicyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Florida on January 21.

Maribel Reyes filed the lawsuit against Alejandro Alvarez, the alleged driver, and Rodrigo Alvarez, his father and the person to whom the vehicle was registered.

Miami-Dade police said that Alvarez had been drinking in a Miami Beach nightclub before he got behind the wheel of a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta to drive to his parents’ home in Key Biscayne. Police said that Alvarez struck Walter Reyes and Henry Hernandez on the Rickenbacker Causeway around 5:00 a.m., and then fled the scene of the accident. Reyes died at the scene, and Hernandez suffered severe injuries.

Authorities said that Alvarez initially drove to his parents’ home and attempted to fake a robbery by smashing the rear window of the vehicle with a golf club. However, police said that he then called 911 and revealed his involvement in the crash. He returned to the scene and told police that he had been driving the vehicle that struck the two bicyclists, authorities said.

In the past five years, two other cyclists have been killed in hit-and-run crashes on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Reyes’ family said that he was out training for a bicycle charity ride to raise money for cancer research.