Miami-Dade police

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi Crashes Car, Briefly Leaves Scene

Police say Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi left the scene of a crash after his car hit a tree Monday night.

According to the police report, Pizzi drove his Kia into a tree, causing the airbag deploy, then left the scene at Northwest 140th Street and 82nd Avenue. He returned a short time later.

Miami-Dade Police were already at the scene when Pizzi returned. They said Pizzi was the only person in the car and he refused medical attention.

The mayor told police he veered into the tree after avoiding an animal that ran onto the road.

After two years of legal battles, Pizzi won his fight against the City of Miami Lakes and returned as mayor in April following an arrest on bribery charges.

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