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Family of Colorado Springs hit-and-run victim offers reward

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
March 9, 2014 Updated: March 9, 2014 at 11:26 am
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Questions still surround a March 1 hit-and-run that left a 30-year-old man in critical condition. And as that man, Anthony Jafari, remains unconscious at Memorial Hospital, Jennifer Jafari and her family are offering a $10,000 reward for help finding the culprit.

Jennifer Jafari, who says she is Anthony's sister, held back tears and showed a picture of her brother Saturday afternoon as she announced the reward.

"My brother didn't deserve this," she said. "What he does deserve is justice. I know there's someone who knows something, and I ask that person to imagine if this was their loved one and to please have compassion."

According to Colorado Springs police, the hit-and-run was a road-rage incident and happened shortly after 9 a.m. on March 1 in the 5500 block of North Academy Boulevard.

Police said Anthony Jafari's Dodge Caravan and the suspected vehicle, a sky blue Toyota Tundra pickup truck, were both stopped in an alley. The victim apparently got out of his van. That's when police believe the second driver ran into Anthony Jafari and drove away. Police are investigating the hit-and-run as an attempted homicide.

Jennifer Jafari said Saturday that her brother was still in "very critical" condition. She said Anthony Jafari "was able to call 911 himself and give a description of his attacker."

"We're reaching out to all body shops, repair businesses and most importantly our entire community," she said. "There has to be someone who saw something. Any information helps."

Anyone with information that could help police find the truck and its driver should call 444-7000.

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