Chargers intern critical after Pacific Beach hit-and-run

Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 22:21:05-04
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Chargers intern who was one of two men hurt in a hit-and-run crash in Pacific Beach last week remained hospitalized Monday with a brain injury, but is showing slight improvements, according to his family.
J'Ron Erby's brain swelling and bleeding have not increased since Sunday, though he still remains highly sedated.
According to San Diego police, 23-year-old Erby and a 25-year-old man were mowed down by a car while crossing the street in the 900 block of Garnet Avenue just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 5. The four-door sedan was going the wrong way, traveling east in the westbound lanes, police said. It never stopped following the crash. 
Erby sustained a critical head injury and the other victim suffered a laceration to his forehead. Erby is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. His mother, Trina Erby, told 10News Sunday night he was dealing with brain swelling, but his condition was improving. 
A Bay Area native, Erby played football for the Wayne State University in Michigan and had just started a public relations internship for the Chargers. 
"He was living his dream,” his brother Lee Erby said. “It was the beginning of his dream. To have a role that was related to his two passions." 
The Spanos family, who owns the Chargers, arranged for Erby’s family to come to San Diego and be with J’Ron while he recovers. 
Meanwhile, there was no description of the suspect or vehicle. Trina Erby is urging anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward. 
"I know someone had to have seen this that could give a good description," Trina said.