Police investigate La Jolla hit-and-run: Pedestrian injured in crash

Crash occurred in 7000 block of La Jolla Boulevard

SAN DIEGO - Police on Wednesday are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian injured.

An SUV struck a 51-year-old man who was walking in a crosswalk in the 7000 block of La Jolla Boulevard just before 6:30 p.m.

"He was unconscious and he was bleeding pretty badly," said witness Melisa Rivas. 

After the crash, the driver briefly stopped and got out of the SUV. Then, the driver got back inside the SUV and looked as if he was going to park, but then sped away.

"He went slowly, like trying to trick us, and then he just sped off," said Rivas.

She added, "I couldn't believe that he took off like that. I never would have thought that he would have done that. He saw the person injured on the floor bleeding and he just thought about running away instead of trying to help."

The man sustained serious injuries but they did not appear to be life-threatening.

Police said the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash is a gray or black older model Toyota 4-Runner with front center damage and a partial license plate of  5DZ.

The driver was described as a white man who was 30 to 40 years old. He was about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds with dark hair and clean shaven. 

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