Police say they found the SUV involved in a hit and run accident that left two scooter drivers hospitalized Monday morning in East Village.
A man and woman in their 20s were traveling on the same electric scooter near the intersection of 13th and Market Street around 4 a.m. when they were struck by a white Ford Explorer, according to the Police Department. San Diego.
Investigators are looking for the driver who seriously injured two people on an electric scooter in the city center. NBC 7’s Dana Griffin has more on hit and run.
Police said the driver fled the scene and investigators spent the morning and afternoon trying to locate the driver or the Explorer, who they said had significant damage to the front.
Then, just before 5 p.m., police were called to Third Avenue near K Street where they found a white Explorer with damage to the front on the driver’s side including a shattered headlight, broken rearview mirror, windshield. cracked breeze and scuffs along its front fender. The driver was detained while officers inspected the vehicle.
About two hours later, the SDPD confirmed the Explorer was the SUV they were looking for and said it had been impounded so that evidence could be gathered. At 10:30 p.m., the driver was still listed as detained and not arrested.
The victims should survive. One was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital while the other was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center.
A neighbor, who did not want his identity revealed, told NBC 7 Monday afternoon that he was frustrated by the cruelty of neighborhood drivers to pedestrians.
âIt’s scary to be here because it happens all the time of the day, not just very early in the morning,â he said. âPeople put red lights on, people don’t care. And especially if they come here for a Padres game, I mean it’s scary here to be a pedestrian, so I’m not shocked that it has happened and I am saddened that it has happened.
SDPD Staff Sgt. Robert McDonald said the driver’s biggest mistake was not staying to help.
Officers continue to search for the driver of the Ford. The vehicle should suffer significant damage to the front.
On Monday evening, the SDPD said it had found a vehicle that may have been involved in the accident and arrested the driver.