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Photos: Dave Nazeri still in coma after hit-and-run involving teen on learner's permit

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At this writing, devoted father Dave Nazeri remains in a coma after a hit-and-run accident allegedly caused by Lucio Roberto Vasquez-Jimenez, a sixteen-year-old accused of violating the terms of his learner's permit, among several other charges.

Meanwhile, the Nazeri family is reaching out on social media, requesting help in covering the astronomical cost of care. And they're also asking for prayers.

On Saturday, May 31, at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Westminster Police Department, Nazeri was exiting eastbound US 36 at Sheridan Boulevard on his motorcycle when he was struck from behind.

Nazeri was thrown from his bike by the impact and was in critical condition by the time he made it to an area hospital -- but the other driver didn't stick around to render assistance.

Afterward, the WPD put out an alert for the suspect's vehicle, described as a dark-colored 2005-2007 Toyota Scion TC with heavy-to-moderate front-end damage.

Several days later, on June 3, the WPD revealed that the alleged vehicle involved in the accident had been located. Then, on Monday, Vasquez-Jimenez turned himself in. He was arrested on suspicion of failing to remain at the scene of an accident/give information or aid after an accident with serious bodily injury, careless driving resulting in injury, and violating restrictions on a temporary learners permit. This last offense suggests that Vasquez-Jimenez was driving unaccompanied even though he was required to have an adult in the vehicle with him.

Vasquez-Jimenez is currently being held at the Mount View Detention Facility. Here's a look at his booking photo:

As for the Nazeri family, they're updating Dave's condition on a pair of Facebook pages: Pray for Dave Nazeri and the Dave Nazeri Get Well Benefit Fund. On Monday, the former shared this post:

Dave has been working hard today. He was having issues this afternoon but has pulled through and is stable again. He has pneumonia but is fighting back hard. We love you Dave and know you can overcome this!

Yesterday, the family followed with this simple message:

Driver has turned himself in. Don't stop praying.

Look below to see photos of Dave featured on the two pages. They're followed by information about how you can help. Continue for more photos of Dave Nazeri and information about how you can help the family with medical costs. Here's a post from the Dave Nazeri Get Well Benefit Fund Facebook page describing how you can help:

1. Paypal

Click here and add the amount of your choice.

2. Check

Write a check made payable to: Dave Nazeri's Benefit Fund, Sarah Nazeri, or Lori Coldiron and deliver it to a 1st Bank location in Colorado or mail it to:

FirstBank 2155 West 136th Avenue Broomfield, CO 80023

3. Cash

Bring it in to a 1st Bank location in Colorado or deliver it to: Sarah Nazeri or Lori Coldiron

4. Call 1stBank at: 303-620-4303 and ask for Michelle Foster or Missy.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May 15: "Theresa O'Connor, guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist, may not get jail time."

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