Man pinned under truck in North County hit-and-run


Latest: Driver who ran off after pinning pedestrian under truck still sought

VISTA, Calif. – A person was injured Tuesday after getting pinned under a pickup truck in a hit-and-run in a commercial North County parking lot, authorities said.

The incident was reported just before 5 p.m. in the 900 block of South Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, near an AutoZone, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was trapped underneath the truck for roughly an hour, according to the Vista Fire Department. It was a complicated extraction made difficult because the truck was pinned by water meters and irrigation lines, firefighters said.

Once freed, the victim was airlifted to Palomar Hospital with “unknown injuries.” They were reported as being in stable condition, according to Vista Fire.

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver of the truck, who deputies say fled the scene prior to them arriving.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Vista Patrol Station at 760-940-4551. Tips also can be submitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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