Serious Injury Hit and Run Collision

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Posted by Justin F. Murphy 03/06/14

                 NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT: Officer S. Braucht

DATE:  03/06/2014                                                               PHONE: (760) 839-4482

                                                      

 

PREPARED BY: Lt. Justin Murphy

On March 6, at about 6:40 PM, the Escondido Police Department received a report of a man who was hit by a car in the 2200 block of E. Valley Pkwy. Officers arrived minutes later to find a 61 year-old male down in the roadway with major injuries to his head and extremities. The man had been struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

The Fire Department responded and took the man to a local area hospital. He has been diagnosed with significant head trauma and his condition is considered life threatening. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render aid and is unknown at this time. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this collision.

Preliminary investigation indicates the pedestrian was illegally crossing E. Valley Pkwy from south to north and was struck by an unknown eastbound vehicle in the #2 lane. The pedestrian was identified as Virgil Banks, an Escondido resident, who was wearing dark clothing. Evidence collected at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle may have been silver in color; there are currently no known witnesses to the collision.

This investigation is ongoing at this time and is being conducted by Officer Stephen Braucht of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Officer Braucht at the above phone number.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org. For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at twitter.com/escondidopolice.