Florida Keys

88-year-old Sugarloaf man jailed in fatal hit and run of former NFL player

Domingo Javier Veloso
Domingo Javier Veloso Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

An 88-year-old Sugarloaf Key man was jailed Sunday after he reportedly struck and killed a bicyclist with a sport utility vehicle, didn't stop, then returned to the crash scene.

The rider was Christopher Dyko, 48, of Bremerton, Wash., who played eight games in the NFL for the Chicago Bears in 1989 after being chosen in the eighth round of the NFL draft from Washington State University as an offensive tackle. He also played in the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football.

The driver, Domingo Veloso, is charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the bicycle rider was on a 30-speed King bicycle riding northbound in the marked bike lane at mile marker 16 of U.S. 1. It was about 1:15 p.m. when he was hit.

While troopers were at the scene investigating, Veloso, in a 1997 Ford Expedition, showed up. After troopers spoke with the Monroe County State Attorney's Office, he was charged. Alcohol was not a factor, troopers said.

This was the 12th traffic fatality in Monroe County outside Key West this year.