Swim instructor hit by car while riding bicycle in Fort Lauderdale

Colleen Berzok, 37, struck Monday night near Sunrise Boulevard bridge


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A devoted swimming instructor from Fort Lauderdale is fighting for her life after she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle Monday night.

Colleen Berzok, 37, works at the United States Swim Academy in Coral Springs.

Berzok has been with the academy for three years, getting in the water five to six hours a day to teach babies and toddlers how to swim. She was struck by a car in the 2800 block of East Sunrise Boulevard.

Doctors fear she may not survive the night. Right now, her friends and family are asking for prayers.

"It's just tearing us up," Karen King, the owner of the swim academy, told Local 10 News. "I mean, we're a family here."

King said Berzok is like a "big kid."

"She really gets so much joy out of the connection with the children," King said.

It's unclear whether the driver of the vehicle was cited in the crash.

"It's just like not having somebody from your family -- having somebody from your family get very badly hurt," King said. "We just pray for her and we want things to go well."

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