Image: Google Maps
A hit and run incident happened at the intersection of Sacramento and Russell. Image: Google Maps

Officers are looking for a driver reported to have struck a pedestrian in South Berkeley on Sunday night, leaving him with major leg injuries, before fleeing the area in a red vintage car, authorities said.

Just before 8:20 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department Communications Center received a call reporting a man down in the roadway at the intersection of Sacramento and Russell streets, said Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel, via email.

Officers responded and arrived on scene within minutes. They found a man injured in the street.

Officers learned the victim had been struck by a car as he walked eastbound across Sacramento in the crosswalk.

The vehicle was described as dull red in color, and a 1960s vintage model, possibly a Mercury Cougar. The driver fled northbound on Sacramento. The car sustained front-end damage in the crash.

The pedestrian suffered major leg injuries and was taken to a local hospital for medical care, said Frankel.

Officers have not yet been able to locate the vehicle, but the investigation is on-going.

The roadway, which was partially closed during the investigation, had been reopened as of approximately 9:35 p.m.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...