Miami police seek driver of blue Jaguar in hit-and-run crash

85-year-old professor listed in critical condition at JMH, police say

By Christian De La Rosa - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Alex Finnie - Reporter

MIAMI - Miami police are searching for the driver of a light blue, newer-model Jaguar that possibly was involved in a hit-and-run crash this week.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday in the area of Southwest 37th Avenue and Charles Terrace in Coconut Grove.

Police said the victim, David Hertizig, 85, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

"Right now, we are focused on getting my father stabilized and we are just hoping that we can have him for a little bit longer," Hertizig's daughter, Amie Hertizig, said.

The victim's family said he was biking to work when he was struck by the car. They said David Hertizig suffered several broken bones and a broken rib, and his condition is worsening. 

"He is going in and out. It's because he's an elder," Amie Hertizig said. "His organs are struggling, his kidneys and lungs and things -- it's beyond just the healing because he is in excruciating pain."

Relatives described David Hertizig as a man who has given his life to educating and helping others. The victim's grandson said he is the backbone of their family.

"I don't have a father in my life. My grandfather has always been there," Django Hertizig said. "I need him to be found. I can't have someone do this and just leave and get away with it."

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Detective J. Sepulveda or any on-duty detective at 305-603-6525.

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