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Family pleads for leads in hit-and-run of Decatur cyclist

ATLANTA – Ten days after a Decatur cyclist was run down by a red SUV in northeast Atlanta, authorities still have no suspects.

Greg Germani, 50, remains in a coma, listed in critical condition with a broken back and a brain injury.

Atlanta police said on Wednesday that the investigation remains open. They have received a number of tips and are following up on them.

In the meantime, family and friends continue to gather at Grady Memorial Hospital to support the vibrant, University of Georgia graduate who rode his bike to Turner Broadcasting every day. Germani was a Turner employee of 25 years.

Beth Harrill, an Atlanta attorney, Greg's girlfriend and neighbor, is spending days and nights at Grady bedside with Greg's mother, who is from Warner Robbins, and his brother John, of Decatur.

"It's been overwhelming -- the kindness of people reaching out to Greg, I didn't realize how much people loved him," said John Germani.

Intown neighborhoods have kept the story alive. The video of the red Dodge Nitro with the custom wheels chasing Greg on his bicycle after a verbal confrontation at Flagler Avenue at Montgomery Ferry was linked to a Morningside email blast on Wednesday.

Still, all these days later, there have been no arrests and no suspects named.

"This person has put our immediate future on hold," said John Germani.

Through it all, Harrill tries to remain upbeat.

"We are committed and optimistic that Greg is going to be up and about and back on his feet and on the road probably," Harrill said.

The road tonight is long and arduous. Greg is in critical condition at Grady in a coma. His future and the present are uncertain.

"I have optimism -- that's what we have to count on," Harrill said. "I really do believe there are a lot of great people in this city that are working tremendously hard to help Greg, to support Greg and that includes working with CrimeStoppers to find the person who did this. "

The CrimeStoppers reward fund for the suspect has grown to almost $17,000.

"I don't care who you are or what you've done up to this point -- you may have even helped him -- if you turn him in today, no questions asked. I don't even care. It doesn't even matter. Just please do it. Please do it for Greg," Harrill said.

The family wants to thank those in the neighborhoods around where the incident occurred, particularly the residents of Flagler Avenue who called medical support and tried to help save Greg as the SUV sped away.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.



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