Fullerton PD seeks hit-and-run driver who sent man to hospital in critical condition


A man being questioned by a Fullerton PD patrol officer bolted into a street Monday night and was struck by a motorist who fled the scene.

The man is in critical condition at a hospital and the FPD is asking the public for help in locating the hit-and-run suspect, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

The incident unfolded at about 10 p.m. Monday, March 28 when the officer stopped a subject on a bicycle in the 400 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue for an equipment violation.

As the officer was talking with the subject, the subject fled on foot, leaving his bicycle at the scene.

The subject ran into the eastbound lanes of West Orangethorpe Avenue and was struck by a passing vehicle traveling eastbound. The vehicle continued eastbound on Orangethorpe Avenue and did not stop after the collision. The vehicle has been described as a dark-colored sedan.

The subject sustained significant injuries and was taken to a local trauma center in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Hazel Rios of the Fullerton Police Department traffic bureau at 714-738-6812. For those with information that wish to remain anonymous, please contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.