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.


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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