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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The family of a man who was left critically injured after he was involved in a hit and run in Miami is asking for the public’s help to catch the driver.

Dayan Sotolongo, 29, remains in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center. His family says he may not survive from his injuries in the accident.

His wife said the driver nearly took the life of her husband and nearly left their two young children including their baby girl without a father. Sotolongo’s  aunt called the driver a criminal.

Miami Police said Sotolongo was driving a moped on June 5th just after 1:00 p.m. He was headed west on northwest 79th street with a Miami-Dade Transit bus in front of him.

The bus came to a complete stop to let the driver of a white Infiniti sedan turn left at northwest 5th court.

At that time, according to detectives, Sotolongo went around the bus and crashed into the white Infiniti, throwing him into the air for several feet.

The driver of the Infiniti drove away after the crash.

Police said they are looking for a white, four-door Infiniti with damage to the front-end with the partial Florida license plate number of  “37B”

“These type of hit and runs got to stop. You got families out there that are hurting. That’s why we have insurance. If this person would have stopped at this particular crash, you know, based on the physical evidence that we have, it probably would not have been at fault of the crash..but the fact that they fled, that’s what made it a crime, ” said Detective Joseph Kennedy of Miami Police.

(Source: CBS4)

(Source: CBS4)

Miami Police said they have found clues including the grill of the Infiniti. They are also trying to see if a camera from a nearby Miami-Dade transit bus captured the driver on video.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

Click here to watch Peter D’Oench’s report.

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