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Car and driver sought in E.C. hit-and-run incident

August 16, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

El Centro police are looking for a car with Mexican license plates and a driver involved in a hit and run Wednesday that left a man with a broken leg.

Victor Marin, 49, of El Centro, was walking west on Brighton Avenue about 6:15 p.m.. As Marin was crossing Fifth Street he was struck and thrown by a southbound vehicle, said El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria.

Witnesses told police the car was traveling at a high speed, Longoria said.

The car failed to stop after hitting Marin and continued southbound on Fifth Street.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a light brown or tan older model Ford Mustang or Falcon. The car had yellow Baja California, Mexico license plates, Longoria said, adding a partial plate number of 702 was reported.

The car may have extensive front-end damage as witnesses reported seeing smoke come from the car immediately following the collision, Longoria said.

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The driver is described as a Mexican male about 30 to 35 years old wearing a light T-shirt.

Marin sustained extensive abrasions, lacerations and a broken right leg, Longoria said.

Witnesses rendered aid to the victim and gave statements to officers, Longoria said.

An investigation is being conducted by the El Centro Police Department's traffic division. Officials are asking anyone with information about the accident to call the ECPD.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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