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Screen Capture from video released by APD.
Screen Capture from video released by APD.

Screen Capture from video released by APD.

Friends and family are filling Gregory Germani’s Grady Hospital room with cards, and the reward to find the man responsible for putting him in the hospital continues to grow.

As of June 19, there were more than $17,000 in donations to a reward fund for information about a driver that police say allegedly ran down Germani. The incident happened on June 9 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community on Flagler Avenue.

Police believe the suspect was driving a red Dodge Nitro and is an “under 30 year old African American male.” The vehicle likely has damage on its front right side, but police weren’t certain about the extent of it.

Police released this video of the vehicle they’re looking for:

People with information can submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). You do not have to give your name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

Sgt. Karla Baldini, Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta Coordinator said police are following up on several leads that look promising, but couldn’t say more.

The case has received extensive media coverage, including stories published by Creative Loafing11 Alive and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Germani’s girlfriend, Beth Anne Harrill, has continued to keep Germani’s friends and family updated via Facebook. She also recently began updating the Facebook page for Germani’s Atlanta Time Machine website.

“We continue to be thankful for the extraordinary care he has received at Grady from his doctors, nurses, and medical team,” she wrote Wednesday. “They often remark how nice it is to see his room in ICU filled with cards and personal items. They feel a real connection to Greg for many reasons: some are familiar with Atlanta Time Machine, one loves rockabilly music, one lives in the Morningside neighborhood, all are outraged by the vicious attack that brought Greg to Grady.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified where the assault took place. It was in Piedmont Heights, which is near Morningside.