Police are searching for the driver of a car involved in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Garden Grove Wednesday evening that left a man severely injured.
According to Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department, the incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. in area of Garden Grove Boulevard and West Street.
Hospitalized with “severe injuries” was Gregory Martin, 54, of Garden Grove.
Police called to the scene found an injured pedestrian lying in the westbound lanes of the Garden Grove Boulevard. He was treated at the scene by Garden Grove paramedics and taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
The victim had apparently been struck by two vehicles. The first was described as a gray Dodge Magnum, which was traveling south on West Street when it struck the pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk. The driver of the Dodge did not stop and left the scene.
A witness followed the Dodge and wrote down the license number.
A few moments after the first collision, the pedestrian was struck by a second vehicle as he lay in the street. The Ford Explorer dragged the pedestrian about 750 feet south on West Street, then south on Garden Grove Boulevard before coming to a stop.
The driver told police he didn’t know he’s struck the person until he stopped in response to the sound of his vehicle “dragging something.” The Ford’s driver stayed at the scene and gave police a statement.
Police eventually found the Dodge abandoned in the area of Fairview Street and Trask Avenue in Santa Ana. The vehicle had suffered “significant damage” which investigators believe was consistent with a pedestrian vs. automobile collision.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Investigator Jason Perkins at (714) 741-5823.