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Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run

Deputies search for car involved in Canyon Country collision

Posted: December 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hit-and-run victim Francisco Lara sits in front of his sister's home in Canyon Country on Wednesday.

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A hit-and-run driver who left a Canyon Country man with serious injuries is being sought by local sheriff’s deputies, a sergeant said Wednesday.

The driver of a blue car, possibly a Toyota Corolla, hit a 46-year-old man crossing Stillmore Street at Whites Canyon Road about 5:20 p.m. Friday, said traffic Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The pedestrian had his 11-year-old niece with him.

The car left the scene. It was the second hit-and-run with a pedestrian victim in one week.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics dispatched to the collision took one individual to the hospital, a fire department spokesman said.

A report filed by deputies noted the victim was bleeding from the head when emergency crews arrived, Cohen said.

Francisco Lara, a resident of Stillmore Street, was taken to Henry Mayo New-hall Memorial Hospital, where he remained all weekend, said his sister Isabel Herrera.

Lara, fitted with a neck brace, was released from the hospital Wednesday morning, she said.

“He’s in a lot of pain,” said Herrera, adding the family has no medical insurance.

Lara is recovering at home from fractures in his neck and a dislocated shoulder, she said.

The woman’s daughter, who witnessed her uncle being struck by the car, was not physically injured, she and officials confirmed.

The girl, however, provided a brief description of the car.

“She doesn’t want to talk about it,” Herrera said. “Every time she talks about him, she starts to cry.”

“My daughter was crossing the street with my brother,” Herrera said. “She turned back to see him hit. She was crying, and two other cars stopped, and (the drivers) tried to do something.”

Cohen said Wednesday the Sheriff’s Department is looking for a blue Corolla.

Last Thursday, a girl crossing the intersection of Decoro Drive and Seco Canyon Road in Saugus was hit by a car and fled the scene. The girl suffered minor injuries.

Deputies were looking for a gray or silver Chrysler 300 sedan with damage on its right front passenger bumper. It was believed to be driven by a white male with a beard.

The suspect driver in that case is described as between 30 and 40 years old.



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