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SAN DIEGO – Eight people were injured, including some children, in a multi-car crash caused by a hit-and-run driver late Friday.

It happened along the border of the Kensington and Talmadge neighborhoods, just before 10:30 p.m. The crash involved four vehicles on Fairmount Avenue at Talmadge Canyon Row, with one person thrown from their vehicle out onto the roadway and two others trapped inside their cars.

It started when an unknown vehicle and a 2002 Saturn sedan were traveling southbound on Fairmount and the other vehicle rear-ended the Saturn, causing it to spin to the side and get hit by a Nissan Altima, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.

That crash carried the cars into the northbound lanes, where an oncoming Toyota minivan broadsided the Altima.

Six ambulances were requested to respond to the scene of the crash.

Seven of the eight patients were ultimately taken to local hospitals. Officials said the driver of the Altima, a 32-year-old man, sustained serious back and head injuries and his front passenger also sustained serous back injuries, but the other six people had only minor injuries.

Traffic detectives were working to find a description of the car that touched off the whole crash. Police said the driver will be charged with felony hit-and-run if found.