Fort Collins man left for dead in hit-and-run; brother makes plea for help finding driver

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George Taylor was injured in a hit-and-run collision in Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Fort Collins man remained in the hospital in serious condition Friday night after a hit-and-run driver left him for dead.

It happened Monday about 11:30 p.m. on College Avenue between Drake and Prospect roads. The victim, 53-year old George Taylor, is a 15-year Army veteran.

Police said his bicycle and backpack were found propped up against a planter on the side of the street. Taylor was found seriously injured in the southbound lanes of College Avenue.

Pictured in his hospital bed four days after being struck by the hit-and-run driver, Taylor was sedated, covered in tubes and bundled in casts. For his brother, Mario Flores, it’s almost too much to bear.

“It saddens me,” Flores said.

Police said they found Taylor on Monday before midnight, lying in the intersection of College and Spring Park Drive.

“When they found him, he was almost dead. He had lost a lot of blood,” Flores said.

Police found Taylor’s bike and backpack were untouched nearby.

“It’s a big mystery,” Flores said.

Also a mystery is the driver who allegedly left Taylor suffering from two broken legs, a punctured and collapsed lung, a shattered shoulder and a broken rib cage, jaw and nose. Flores said his  brother wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“He loves to give you a hug and you can feel it comes from the heart,” Flores said.

That’s why Flores wonders what kind of heart the person who ran his brother over — leaving him for dead, could have.

“It’s a human being that’s lying in bed fighting for his life, you know? And its not fair. You’re resting at home and my brother is laying in a hospital bed fighting for his life,” Flores said.

Nearby businesses have no surveillance video. Police also said they found little physical evidence at the scene and no witnesses have come forward.

They are hoping someone knows something and calls police.