Man injured after jet ski hit-and-run

Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 09:51:23-04

SAN DIEGO -- A man is recovering from head surgery at Scripps Memorial in La Jolla following a hit-and-run jet ski crash.

Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, a 47-year-old man visiting from Fontana somehow slipped off his jet ski in the Augua Hedionda Lagoon. San Diego police report it is possible another jet skier struck him, knocking him into the lagoon.

His friends told 10News they don't know why he wasn't on his jet ski. Once he was in the water, another jet ski ran him over, crushing his head and forcing him underwater. His condition Thursday morning was not confirmed. 

Without a life jacket, he likely would have drowned, police said.

The person who struck him fled the scene. Leaving a crash on a watercraft is the same as leaving one in a car. It is considered a felony hit-and-run.

All of the jet skis involved were rentals from California Watersports. Police know who used the jet skis, they are unsure exactly who hit him. 

The employees who run the aquatics center said all riders must wear a life jacket and sign waivers. They believe it's possible whoever hit the man, didn't see him. 

The victim was a father and husband. His family is expected to arrive in San Diego Thursday. 

Police are asking anyone with information to step forward. The investigation is ongoing.