Release Date/Time: 12/26/2014 4:23 PM

Incident: 20001(a)VC

Report #: 14-121400

Date: Friday, 12/26/2014

Time: 12:22 PM

Location: E. Lake / Soledad st

A white Ford Explorer drove n/b on the under 100 block of Soledad St. and parked about mid-block. The driver got out and spoke to a man on the sidewalk for a few minutes. He  reentered the car and left n/b at a high rate of speed. He made a wide right turn as he continued to accelerate onto E. Lake St. The suspect skidded out of control and went up onto the sidewalk narrowly missing the Copacabana building. A 54-year-old male was sitting on a chair next to the building visiting with two friends. The Explorer struck the man and pinned him between the Explorer and a metal fence post. Without even backing the SUV away from the victim, the suspect fled on foot e/b on E. Lake St.  Several people were in the area and pushed the vehicle back away from the victim before providing aid and calling 911. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was immediately taken to surgery. He is in very critical condition. The Salinas Policde Department Traffic Unit was called in to investigate. Some of the witnesses came forward and the Department is currently working several leads to identify the suspect.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

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