Rick... Is it just that particular model that you're having problems with? Try creating just a simple sphere and render. Then, apply a texture to it and render. Keep building on the sphere and rendering until you get the results you want or it crashes, then you'll know whether it's Maya or just your model.
If it's a geometry related issue, then all I can suggest is to rebuild the model.
Also try this. Open a new, blank scene and IMPORT your old scene into it. Set up a new camera, delete the old one. Render. If it still crashes then it's going to be something to do with the geometry. (considering you were successful with the sphere test)
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