Driver arrested after hit and run in Encinitas leaves pedestrian hurt

Sedan heavily damaged in Encinitas crash
This sedan crashed into a pedestrian and a tree at Vulcan Avenue and D Street in Encinitas late Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s Department said. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver ran away, but was quickly found and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
(Courtesy San Diego County Sheriff’s Department)

Collision happened at Vulcan Avenue and D Street late Tuesday morning; drugs or alcohol may have been a factor

A pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit and run late Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, in Encinitas, and deputies quickly found and apprehended the driver, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident happened about 10:45 a.m. at Vulcan Avenue and D Street, where a car drove off the road and struck a person at the Encinitas Transit Center, according to Deputy David Drake. The car also hit a tree, and lost two tires, coming to a stop in the intersection.

The driver got out of the car and ran through the parking lot of a nearby library, followed by several witnesses and bystanders who chased him, Drake said in a news release. A sheriff’s sergeant caught up with the driver and arrested him on suspicion of felony hit and run.

The department said drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

Medics took the pedestrian to a hospital with major but unspecified injuries, according to Drake. Authorities do not know the injured pedestrian’s identity.

Authorities asked witnesses to the collision, or anyone with information about the injured man’s identity, to call the department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 or the department’s traffic investigations unit at (760) 966-3590.

— Teri Figueroa is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune

— Staff writer Alex Riggins contributed to this report.


5:16 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021: This story was updated with additional information, including details about the Sheriff’s Department seeking the injured pedestrian’s identity.