Michlyn Romero
Michlyn Romero (Facebook)

Friends and family of the 19-year-old University of Colorado student seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Boulder last week have set up a fund to help pay for her medical expenses.

Michlyn Romero was crossing Broadway between College Avenue and 15 Street on Wednesday when she was struck by a car that police say was driven by Ruben Diaz, 19.

According to a post on youcaring.com, Romero suffered multiple fractures to her ankle, leg, pelvis, back, neck and skull. The post said that Romero, a pre-med student at CU, will need at least a year to recover.

"Due to the severity of the injuries, Michlyn has been forced to withdraw from her college courses and embark on a long and painful road to recovery," the post read. "We are asking for help from the community to get Michlyn the needed medical treatments, therapy, legal services and expenses covered during her recovery."

The post also is hoping to raise money to replace her laptop and camera, which were damaged in the crash.

"Michlyn is a compassionate, independent, dedicated and inspiring 19-year-old pre-med student on the Dean's list at the University of Colorado," the post read. "She has been a proactive member of the community and has volunteered her time to organizations to help fight human sex trafficking and make the world a better place."


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Diaz was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run causing serious injury, careless driving, driving under restraint and failing to present evidence of insurance.

According to an arrest affidavit, Diaz was driving a 1997 BMW convertible about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway just south of College Avenue when he struck Romero.

Police said Diaz drove away from the scene, but stopped at 15th Street and Bellevue Drive -- which is 2 to 5 minutes away -- and called 911 to report the crash.

Diaz told officers Romero was "jaywalking" and that he did not see her because of a car next to him.

Diaz told officers he did not stop or turn around because he was scared and did not want to go to jail. A passenger in Diaz's car also said that after the crash, the steering wheel did not turn properly.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.