The family of a man critically injured in a September 15th hit-and-run crash in Fort Lauderdale is asking for the public's help to find the driver involved.
Broward Sheriff's Office investigators say the crash took place just before 7:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of State Road 7. The victim, identified as 45-year-old Jose Juarez-Vargas, was trying to cross the southbound lanes according to police.
Juarez-Vargas was struck by a Range Rover, described as being either a white or silver vehicle made between 2014 and 2017. The car fled the scene by turning eastbound on Southwest 19th Street.
“As he reached near to the center median, he was struck by a vehicle which caused him to be projected forward into the northbound lanes," said BSO Det. Chandler Greetham.
Fort Lauderdale Fire rescue rushed Juarez-Vargas to an area hospital, where he remains after suffering injuries that included a concussion, broken ribs and internal bleeding.
“I was completely shocked," said his brother, Ignacio. "He’s broken from head to toe basically.”
Family members and BSO detectives spoke Thursday morning with members of the media. Detectives say the car involved most likely has front end damage as a result of the crash.
“How could you sleep at night when someone else is in a hospital bed fighting for their life? You know, all you had to do was stop and help him," said his brother.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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