Greeley police still seeking information in Thursday morning hit-and-run that injured tutor

GREELEY, Colo. - Greeley police are still searching for the driver in a hit-and-run that badly injured a tutor Thursday morning.

Richard Ziegler, 62, was riding a bike around 6:42 a.m. when he was hit by a small, dark-colored sedan at the intersection of 58th Avenue and 18th Street. He was riding to Frontier Academy, where he is a math tutor.

Greeley Police spokeswoman Sgt. Susan West said investigators have video footage from the area that might be related to the case.

In the video, it's still dark outside, but West said you can see headlights become brighter when the car hits the cyclist and the headlights bounce up and down. And then, the headlights move quickly away as the driver speeds off.

Ziegler's three sons and his brother saw the video for the first time Monday, and they said it was difficult to watch.

"You can see the headlights jolt up and down, and it really hurts to see it," said Jonathan Ziegler, the victim's son.

Family members said they want justice, but they are more concerned about their loved one, recovering from multiple broken bones and internal injuries. Ziegler has undergone two surgeries so far.

"We're a forgiving family," said Jim Ziegler, the victim's brother. "We're not vindictive about it or anything. But for the good of the community and for their own good, they need to step forward and do the right thing so they too can start to heal."

West also released crime-scene photos showing where Ziegler's bike, shoes and other clothing were left behind.

According to West, investigators said the suspect vehicle and driver may have ties to the County Club West neighborhood.

The suspect vehicle may have a spoiler and tinted windows. It most likely has some front-end damage as a result of the hit-and-run.

Zeigler was taken by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center with critical injuries.

Print this article Back to Top