SAN DIEGO – Police released a description of the vehicle and pictures of two suspects that may have hit three pedestrians – including a Chargers intern that suffered brain injuries – in Pacific Beach in early August.
A newer model silver four-door Hyundai Elantra with stock brushed aluminum wheels is believed to be the vehicle that was driving eastbound on Garnet Avenue near Bayard Street when three pedestrians were hit, San Diego police investigators said.
The car with possible front end damage left the area after hitting them, police said.
J'Ron Erby, a Chargers intern, is recovering from brain damage suffered in the August 5 hit-and-run crash.
His father, Lee Erby Sr., told Fox 5 the 22-year-old opened his eyes Wednesday for the second straight day. Erby was said to accomplish simple instructions from nurses like giving a thumbs up. His father also said he was aware of his surroundings and attempted to give his family members hugs.
A second victim suffered lacerations to the head and is expected to make a full recovery. The injures of the third victim were not disclosed.
Investigators said the three victims had been in an altercation with a man and woman minutes before getting hit by the car. The two people are considered persons of interest.
Police described the man as Hispanic in his 20s with long hair pulled into a bun. The black woman is in her 20s, has long hair and was wearing a light colored sleeveless top and dark pants, police said.
A $1,000 reward for information in identifying the person or people responsible for hitting the three people has been offered by San Diego County Crime Stoppers.
The Chargers organization is hoping witnesses might have captured another angle of the accident to help identify the driver. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses for Erby.