Witnesses: Man struck by car was not in crosswalk


SANTA CRUZ — A man was seriously injured Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

According to Blaschke, the 66-year-old man was not in a crosswalk when he was crossing Ocean Street near Blaine Street at about 8:20 p.m.

Witnesses told police that the man was looking down at the road and not paying attention to oncoming traffic when a yellow 2009 Mini Cooper struck him.

The victim was in critical but stable condition when he was transported from Santa Cruz to a trauma center in the Bay Area. The patient was driven by ambulance instead of airlift by helicopter due to foggy weather conditions, Blaschke said.

The driver, a Santa Cruz resident, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The driver was not arrested or cited. Investigators are still examining evidence and gathering information.

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Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 420-5820. Anonymous tips can also be sent to the police department through the Tip Line at 420-5995, or from www.santacruzpolice.com.


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