Police in the Orange County city of Buena Park, Calif., believe a motorist who struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene could have been acting intentionally.
In the disturbing video of the hit and run below, the driver seems to veer out of his lane and smash into a 20-year-old man who was crossing the street. In the impact, the pedestrian hits the vehicle’s windshield, flips over in the air, and falls to the ground. The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. on Sunday.
According to the Orange County Register…
Based on video footage from a surveillance camera and statements from witnesses, authorities believe the driver accelerated toward the pedestrian and never hit the brakes.
Fortunately, the Register also reports that the pedestrian is expected to be okay in that the injuries aren’t life threatening, but he is apparently not cooperating with the police investigation. Police have as yet been unable to sort out whether the driver and the pedestrian know each other.
Buena Park police are asking the public’s help in identifying and apprehending the driver and released the video footage on Monday. The license plate of the vehicle–possibly a Mitsubishi Galant–is unknown, although it is believed to have sustained driver’s side windshield damage in the incident.
Buena Park is located in northwestern Orange County, near Santa Ana, the county seat. Buena Park is home to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park–the city’s largest employer–among other attractions.
Based on this footage, do you think the driver deliberately set out to harm the pedestrian?