Vigil Held for Retired Teacher's Healing as Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver

Former students and loved ones of a retired teacher are on a mission to track down the hit-and-run driver who left the Miami Lakes woman with critical injuries over the weekend.

Close to 100 people came together Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil at Shula's Athletic Club in support of 75-year-old Natalie Farber. She was struck by a car Saturday afternoon at the busy intersection of Bedlington Road and Fairway Drive. The driver fled the scene.

"It's sad because you would never think somebody would do something as horrible as leaving somebody on the side of the street," said Andrea Gil, a friend of Farber's.

The retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher and avid tennis player was described as loving, giving and spirited.

Despite her life-threatening injuries, Farber hasn't lost her competitive spirit.

"I've been seeing her daily in the hospital. She's fighting," Wendy Hammond, Farber's friend, said.

Detectives say solving this case is difficult because there were no witnesses, there’s no surveillance video, and no debris was left behind by the vehicle.

The Crime Stoppers reward climbed to $5,000 as loved ones beg for answers.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Miami-Dade police at 305-471-2425. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Tips that lead to an arrest can be eligible for the award.

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