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Englewood Skateboarder Remains Critical, Authorities Seek Hit-Run Driver

Cristian Valez
Cristian Valez Photo Credit: Contributed photo

SEE ANYTHING? Authorities were seeking help finding the hit-and-run driver in Englewood who put a local teen into a medically-induced coma.

Officers found Cristian Valez, a Dwight Morrow High School freshman, in the roadway of Knickerbocker Road near the intersection of Bilmar Place just before 11 p.m. Monday.

Cristian, 15, who friends said had been riding his skateboard when he was struck, remained in Hackensack University Medical Center in critical condition.

His injuries reportedly include brain trauma, a collapsed lung, kidney and spleen damage and fractures to his face and arm.

Investigators were looking for an early-model Audi, likely a 2000-2002 Audi A4, 2000-2004 Audi A6, or 2001-2005 Audi Allroad that they said fled northbound on Knickerbocker Road toward Tenafly.

It will have obvious front-end damage, including a broken grill, and possible damage to the bumper, hood, and windshield, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said.

Anyone who saw something or has information that can help find whoever was responsible is asked to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at (201) 226-5595 or the Englewood Police Department at (201) 568-2700 .

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A GoFundMe page has been established to help with medical expenses: Cristian Valdez Recovery Fund

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