An 87-year-old man was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Encinitas, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reported Sunday.
The man was walking in the crosswalk near the intersection of Balour and San Abella drives when he was struck by a pickup truck going northbound on Balour Drive, said Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butler.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 6:04 p.m. Saturday. They rendered first aid to the pedestrian and began searching for the hit-and-run vehicle.
Paramedics rushed the man, suffering from a ruptured aorta, kidney damage and broken leg, to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Butler said.
“The suspect vehicle was located by deputies several blocks away from the collision. A subject was seen walking away from the general area of the vehicle and was detained,” he said. “Deputies observed fresh blood droppings on his shoes and believe he was inside the truck. The investigation is still ongoing.”
— City News Service
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