ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Two women were seriously injured in Escondido Thursday when they were struck by a Cadillac driven by a man who attempted to run from the scene, police said.
The victims were on a sidewalk when they were struck about 4:05 p.m. at the intersection of Escondido Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, according to Escondido police Lt. Ed Varso.
Both were airlifted to a hospital, Varso said.
The driver of the Cadillac CTS, identified as 21-year-old Escondido resident Joshua Villavicencio, ran from the scene but an Escondido police detective located him two blocks away and he was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, Varso said.
Villavicencio was being processed at Escondido police headquarters.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but police believe alcohol was a factor, Varso said.
Anyone with information about the crash was urged to call Officer Steve Braucht of the Escondido police Traffic Division at 760-839-4482.