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Driver flees after striking 2 cyclists

Posted: 02/15/12 at 4:00 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/16/12 at 4:39 pm EST

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run accident that sent two cyclists to the hospital.

According to police, early Wednesday morning a car struck two cyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Both cyclists had to be transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

As Enda Walsh left the hospital on crutches he said, "I heard a loud bang and the next thing you know, I was on the ground and Aaron was 30 feet up the road on his back, on the ground, not moving."

Walsh's friend, Aaron Cowen, remains at the hospital in critical condition with a serious head injury. Cowen has had his spleen removed, and doctors have performed surgery to relieve some of the swelling in his brain.

After the incident, detectives examined the two victims' bicycles for clues related to the hit-and-run: Aaron's bike is a mangled mess of metal, and his helmet sustained major damage.

Aaron's wife, Patty Cowen, said, "If that person is out there, it's better to come forward, and if anyone saw anything, in the Key or right off the Key." She described her husband as " a wonderful person, a great father, very athletic, very active in the community."

Police believe the driver was driving a 2009-2011 Honda Civic, silver in color, with the right side mirror missing.

If you have any information on this hit-and-run accident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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