53-year-old woman remains in ICU after hit-and-run in Sunrise

Vehicle should have damage to front bumper, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor , Ian Margol - Reporter

SUNRISE, Fla. - A woman remains in intensive care at a South Florida hospital Monday, days after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Sunrise, authorities said.

Sunrise police identified the victim as Michelle Holguin, 53.

According to police, Holguin was riding her bicycle just after midnight Saturday when she was struck by a car in front of a Chik-fil-A in the 12600 block of Sunrise Boulevard.

Police said Holguin, a waitress at a nearby restaurant called Lester's Diner, suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by the car on her way home from work.

Her bicycle, a white Raleigh mountain bike, had damage to its rear rim and tire.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's disgusting," Sara Karagiannis, who runs the diner, said. "You just walk away? You just drive away? You don't stop? Another human life? That's terrible."

Police said that based on the damage to the bike, the vehicle that hit her should have damage to its front bumper area.

Holguin was wearing black shoes, black pants and a black shirt at the time of the crash, police said.

"Everybody is thinking of her," Karagiannis said. "We're wondering every day how she's doing. People call on the phone -- customers -- 'how is she doing?' The work staff asks, 'Any news?' We're just hoping everything comes out good."

Holguin's friend said the waitress is fighting for her life in the hospital.

"She's a very sweet girl. She'll help anybody out. She'll do anything for anybody," Elisa Bruner said. "This is pretty messed up that somebody could hit somebody and leave them there like that. We will find them, we will."

One of the owners of the diner told Local 10 News that Holguin underwent surgery on Monday. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

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