Pacific Beach hit-and-run victim recalls night

Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 21:19:08-04

Kendrick Hester, 25, is recovering at home Tuesday after getting hurt in a hit-and-run crash in Pacific Beach.

Hester said he was celebrating his birthday with friends.

“We were about to cross the street and I don't really remember much,” he said.

According to San Diego police, J’Ron Erby, 23, and Hester 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.

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Hester sustained a large cut to his forehead. He needed several stitches and staples on his shoulder. Erby sustained a critical head injury and is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

“Me and J'Ron just kind of flew up in the air - I didn't even realize that,” said Hester.

Hester played college football with Erby and they had just moved in together.

“I know he's strong, he's going to be alright, but I just want to talk to him again,” he said.

Hester is now pleading with the driver who plowed into them to come forward.

“It’ll mean a lot to find out who did it,” said Hester.