Driver hits autistic man in Escondido, takes off

Posted at 7:07 AM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-10 10:07:51-05
ESCONDIDO -- Police and the family of a young man with autism are hoping tips from the public will lead them to the driver who plowed-down the autistic 21-year-old while he was crossing the street near his home, on his way to a special needs event.
Bobby Walker survived being hit, but he has a shattered left arm, injured hand and is covered in scrapes.
“I am looking forward to being back to normal. I won’t be feeling pain anymore,” Walker said Friday night, holding his arm in a sling.
“That just someone could just leave him there and not know what had happened. That really hurt,” Walker’s mother, Patty Pommerening said.
Police have a vague description of the car: grey or silver, possibly a Nissan Altima or Nissan Sentra 2000s model. It may have front end and windshield damage.
“We didn’t even know until Bobby was able to show us today when he came home because it’s hard for him to explain it, exactly where he was and what happened," Pommerening said.
“Fortunately there were a lot of people in the neighborhood who came out and helped,” Pommerening said.
Walker’s mother worries that because of his disability he is having a difficult time understanding what happened was not his fault.
“What I really remember is he went in the trauma center where he was first at the look on his face was like he thought he did something wrong, and that just broke my heart, because he didn’t do anything wrong,” Pommerening said.

“None of this would happen if I didn’t get hurt,” Walker said while a 10News crew was at their home. His mother, father and the reporter tried to reassure Walker it was not his fault.
Escondido Police are asking anyone with information on who the driver may be to call them at (760) 839-4717.