Police seek hit-and-run driver

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian gravely injured on a roadside near Guajome County Regional Park.

Passers-by found the 40-year-old victim lying next to the north side of state Route 76 between North Santa Fe Avenue and College Boulevard in Oceanside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sept. 17, according to police.

Medics took the man to a hospital, where he was treated for serious brain trauma, more than two dozen broken bones and other injuries, Lt. Leonard Cosby said. The victim’s right leg was so badly damaged it had to be amputated.

“So far, the (victim) has survived his injuries, but he will have lifelong medical problems,” Cosby said.

Detectives have determined that the victim was walking on the shoulder of the highway when a vehicle of unknown make and model swerved out of a westbound lane and hit him, the lieutenant said.

Police asked anyone with information about the case to call traffic investigator Yanci Blackwell at 760-435-4801.

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