Suspect car found in hit & run that badly injured motorcyclist, David Nazeri, Westminster police say

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Westminster police said Tuesday they have found the suspect vehicle in a weekend hit and run that critically injured a motorcyclist on U.S. 36.

Westminster Police spokeswoman Investigator Cheri Spottke said the suspect vehicle, a dark-colored Toyota Scion TC with front-end damage, was recovered late Sunday. Spottke said she could not reveal where police found the car because of the need to protect the ongoing investigation.

Spottke also declined to say whether police have a suspect in the case, saying, "we're still investigating the circumstances surrounding" the hit and run.

The motorcyclist, David Nazeri, was exiting eastbound U.S. 36 at Sheridan Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a car rear-ended the motorcycle, and Nazeri was thrown from the bike.

The driver of the car left the scene and did not help the motorist. "Drivers who choose to leave the scene of an accident need to know the police will do everything in their power to hold people responsible," Spottke said in a news release.

Westminster police on Tuesday released photographs of Nazeri showing him badly injured in the hospital and in a formal portrait with his young son.

Police ask anyone with information about the hit and run to contact Westminster Detective Passarelli 303-658-4241. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and remain anonymous.

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