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A hit-and-run near Moonlight Beach left a pedestrian severely injured and a motorist under arrest Tuesday.

The victim was struck by a black Ford Fusion that veered off the roadway in the area of Vulcan Avenue and West D Street in Encinitas and plowed into a transit station about 10:45 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

Medics took the pedestrian, whose name was not released, to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Following the wreck, the man behind the wheel of the sedan — which also hit a tree and lost a wheel in the crash — jumped out and ran off, pursued by several witnesses, Deputy David Drake said.

A short time later, a sheriff’s sergeant who happened to be in the area stopped the fleeing suspect and took him into custody. The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.

Updated at 6:47 p.m. Feb. 16, 2021

–City News Service

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