According to multiple media reports in Virginia, 28-year-old Jeremiah “Jerry” Thaddeus Colgate, a 2004 Cooperstown Central School graduate, was in critical condition after being the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Charlottesville, Va., early Sunday morning.
Colgate was reported to have suffered brain damage in the accident, which took place about 2:40 a.m. Sunday as he was walking home.
”We have no indication that the person who struck him stopped at all,” Capt. Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department told www.nbc29.com. “We’ve recovered some evidence from the scene and are investigating that.”
Police also said that Colgate was in the road for at least ten minutes before he was rescued and taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Colgate was still reported to be in a medically-induced coma on Tuesday morning.
Friends of his started a Go Fund Me site to help Colgate with his medical bills and provide updates on his condition. The website, www.gofundme.com/h1uwsg, had raised about $9,000 by Wednesday morning.
In addition, a twitter hashtag #livelikejerry has been trending, as friends of Colgate, celebrate his life.
”Jerry would LOVE all of the tie-dye taking over our news feeds,” Kari Gaviria, who started the website, posted Tuesday morning. “Can’t wait to visually show him the support from all of you. I’ve been reading every donation and message to him and his family back there in that trauma room.”
Colgate, who is known for his photography, his “Frankenstein” car and his shaggy look, moved to Charlottesville last year.
”He’s an adventurer,” J.R. Hadley, a friend of Colgate’s, told WNBC. “He likes to travel. He’s been a bit of a nomad. He’s made a life for himself here. He’s got a huge circle of friends.”
The CPD put out a request for witnesses Monday, hoping to find out more information about the accident. According to the report, Colgate was wearing a grey, long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up, blue jeans and tennis shoes. He has shoulder-length dark hair and a full beard.