Family of a fatal hit & run victim speaks

Posted at 6:34 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 18:34:57-05

A Collier County family is searching for justice, after a father of 3 died from injuries he received when he was hit by a car and left for dead.

Alfredo Hernandez, 50, was riding his bike to his job at Flaco's Restaurant in North Naples on Friday, January 15. He was riding north on Goodlette-Frank Road near Vanderbilt Beach Road when a car heading in the same direction struck him, knocking him off his bike.

"The car didn't stop - ran away," his son, Jorge Hernandez, told Fox 4. 

He said his father got back on his bike and continued riding to work. But when he got there, his boss noticed blood coming out of his ear. He was driven to Naples Community Hospital.

"So they (had to do) surgery as quickly as they can, to take the blood out of the brain," Jorge said.

It was only when Alfredo Hernandez woke up from those operations on Monday the 18th - three days later - that he told Collier County deputies that he'd been hit by a car. He said the vehicle was either a white or silver 4-door car, driven by a Hispanic man.

On Friday January 29, two weeks after the accident, Alfredo Hernandez died from his injuries. Now Jorge not only wants the driver to come forward, but a second bicyclist that his father mentioned was nearby when he was hit by the car.

"The only thing I know, he was Hispanic, riding his bicycle also," Jorge said. "He can contact us."

The Collier County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about this crash to call them at 239-252-9300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.