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Family of Boulder cyclist severely injured in hit-and-run speaks

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 00:40:35-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder cyclist is fighting for his life after a hit-and-run crash nearly two weeks ago.

Andrew Bernstein was riding his bike on Arapahoe Avenue near Legion Park in Boulder on July 20. His family says he was hit from behind and left for dead.

“By far the most traumatic part is we know someone left him there, that someone left him to die,” Andrew’s brother, Eric Bernstein, said.

There were no witnesses. Eventually, someone saw Andrew on the side of the road and called police.

“He sustained massive fractures to almost every major bone in his bod, he punctured both lungs, he lost enough blood it took days and days to stabilize him,” Eric said.

His injuries were so severe he was transported to Denver Health. Andrew’s attorney says he remains intubated and sedated.

Andrew has had a passion for cycling since he was just four. His family says he loves organizing cycling events and races because community is important to him.

Now, his family is hoping the community can help find the driver who hit him.

“One of the defining characteristics of community is accountability for one another and caring for one another,” Andrew’s fiancé, Gloria Liu, told Denver7.

In the past month, four cyclist across the Front Range have been hit and killed. His brother says it's a dangerous trend that needs to change.

“When you are driving a vehicle you have to realize your responsibility to the people around you because in another scenario those people are your loved ones,” Eric said.

Investigators released photos of the van from surveillance video. The white Dodge Ram van may have damage on the passenger side front corner, according to authorities.

“My brothers bike was snapped in half, there is no chance this person doesn’t know they hit something and someone,” Eric said.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police.