Denver police are looking for the driver of an SUV who struck and killed a University of Denver graduate student Thursday night.
Investigators said Masoud Bahramisharif, 24, was walking his bicycle in a crosswalk near the DU campus when the SUV slammed into him.
Bahramisharif was thrown several feet into the air by the impact.
Police told 7NEWS that the grad students bicycle became attached to the SUV and was pushed or dragged several blocks.
Police found it near Asbury Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
While police began searching for the SUV, friends of the victim gathered at the hospital.
It was rough seeing him in (the hospital) bed like that, said fellow grad student, Justin Huff. I feel so bad for his mother.
Huff and another friend, Arash Hajjam, spent the night at Denver Health while doctors frantically tried to save Bahramisharifs life, but he died just after midnight.
The Baharamisharifs are from Iran, Hajjam said. His mom has been visiting him for the last three weeks. It was the hardest, most difficult thing to calm her down, get her to the hospital and tell her what had happened.
Huff said Bahramisharif was a good engineer.
His goal was to get a doctorate degree, Huff said. He was going to get a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He worked on companion robots for people with psychological issues. There was a lot of potential in his life. This is just a sad story.
Police were still looking for the SUV as of late Fridaynight, which they describe as a 2000 to 2005 maroon or dark red Jeep Grand Cherokee.
It may have damage to the front end or to the side, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson. If anybody sees a red Cherokee with that type of damage, wed like to hear from them.
Jackson said it appears the SUV failed to stop for a red light and Bahramisharif had the right of way.
A $4,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and charging of the driver sought in this case.
Police say anyone who has information about the crime can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867; or you can text CRIMES (274637) with the subject title DMCS and enter the message; or email metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.
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