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EL CAJON, Calif. — A car sped off after hitting a 9-year-old boy riding a bike in the East County Thursday morning, leaving the child lying unconscious in the street.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on West Main Street and Sunshine Avenue in El Cajon, according to police. Officers found the boy lying unconscious in the road suffering from serious head injuries and rushed him to the hospital.

Witnesses said the eastbound motorist apparently ran a red light and drove directly into the path of the child as he pedaled to the north, Lt. Stephen Kirk said.

The car, described by police as a dark blue Honda four-door, sped off to the east on West Main Street. Officers said the driver was a Hispanic woman with “bleach blond” hair and large hoop earings.

Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call El Cajon police at (619) 579-3311.