A pedestrian suffered serious head injuries and a spinal fracture Thursday morning when a hit-and-run motorist struck him and five parked vehicles as he was getting into his car in the Southcrest area, police said.
It happened shortly before 4:15 a.m. in the 3600 block of National Avenue, east of the Otto Plaza shopping center, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said.
A man driving a black Lincoln SUV westbound on National Avenue veered to the right for unknown reasons and struck the 46-year-old man as he was getting into his vehicle parked along the north curb of the road, Martinez said.
The Lincoln driver also struck a total of five parked vehicles — leaving the SUV unable to move — before he ran off westbound on National Avenue, the officer said.
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of major trauma to his head and a spinal fracture, Martinez said. An update on the man’s condition was not immediately available.
The suspect was described as a 5-foot-7 man in his 30s with a heavy build. His ethnicity was not reported.
He was last seen wearing a black hat and a white T-shirt.
A SigAlert was issued, shutting down both directions of National Avenue between 35th and 43rd streets for the crash investigation.
–City News Service
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