Canadian tourist in critical condition after hit-and-run crash

Alexander Sanghwan, 23, visiting Miami for Ultra Music Festival

MIAMI – A Canadian man in Miami for Ultra Music Festival is in a medically-induced coma after he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning.

The hit-and-run crash occurred at Northeast Fifth Avenue and Northeast 180th Street about 5 a.m.

Alexander Sanghwan, 23, of Ontario, Canada, was struck from behind as he and his brother were walking on the edge of the roadway after leaving the King of Diamonds strip club.

Sanghwan's brother called 911. Sanghwan was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition. His mother told Local 10 News that her son has a broken leg, broken shoulder, bruised lung and cuts to his face.

"Today they'll do more tests and determine what the course of action will be; when they can try to wake him up or if he needs brain surgery," Sanghwan's mother Patty told Local 10 News on Monday.

"He hit him hard enough on the left side of the car that it actually caused the grill to come off on the roadway," Miami-Dade police Detective George Wilhelm said.

Sanghwan, who was recently accepted to medical school, was visiting Miami for Ultra Music Festival.

Patty and Robby Sanghwan flew from Ontario to be with their son.

"We can only be hopeful that he will take a turn for the better and not the worse," Patty Sanghwan said.

Police have gathered clues from the crash scene. They said they believe the car was a 2010 navy blue BMW 335i -- either two-door or four-door.

Meanwhile, Sanghwan's family has a message for the driver who left the scene.

"If you are the person driving that BMW, the police are getting close, so I really ask you to turn yourself in," Patty Sanghwan said. "Do the right thing for our son."

Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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