A San Diego Sheriff's cruiser
A San Diego Sheriff’s cruiser. Courtesy of the department

A suspected hit-and-run motorist was arrested in Oceanside after allegedly striking a 12-year-old boy on a Vista-area street two days ago, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reported Thursday.

The arrest happened shortly after 5:25 p.m. Wednesday when deputies responded to the 3500 block of Windrift Way in Oceanside to check out a tip provided through the San Diego County Crime Stoppers hotline, Deputy Guido Cozzarelli said.

While checking the area, deputies found a 2016 white Toyota sedan with front-end damage, which matched the vehicle and damage description provided by witnesses, Cozzarelli said.

Deputies talked to the registered owner of the vehicle, then arrested that person , who was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Cozzarelli said. The suspect’s name and age were not immediately disclosed.

The alleged hit-and-run driver struck the boy in the 1000 block of Mar Vista Drive on the border of Vista and an unincorporated area about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s department.

An air ambulance took the victim to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of injuries to his right leg and abrasions to his face.

The child was conscious and responsive while being treated at the scene and prepared for transport, sheriff’s Lt. Ted Greenawald said Tuesday. An update on the boy’s status was not immediately available.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.