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Man reported missing in Oceanside struck by SUV in vista

Posted at 7:23 AM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 10:23:46-05

VISTA (CNS) - A male recently reported missing from Oceanside was hospitalized this morning after he was struck by an SUV in Vista.

The collision was reported just before 3 a.m. at 2405 N. Santa Fe Ave., said San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Johnston.

The pedestrian was struck by a red Dodge Dakota that was southbound on Santa Fe Avenue.

``The driver of the Dodge Dakota looked down briefly and when he looked back up a pedestrian was standing in the middle of the roadway in front of him,'' Johnston said. ``The driver of the Dodge Dakota attempted to swerve but collided with the pedestrian.''

Oceanside firefighters provided first aid to the pedestrian who suffered an apparent broken leg and was unconscious with what appeared to be severe head trauma, the sergeant said.

He was taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment, Johnston said. The SUV driver remained at the scene and speed or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, he said.