Police seek hit-and-run driver who critically injured man in SoMa 

click to enlarge A man involved in a hit-and-run accident also may have knocked over a fire hydrant in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood on Saturday. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO | CLIP ART
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  • A man involved in a hit-and-run accident also may have knocked over a fire hydrant in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood on Saturday.

Police are on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who critically injured another driver early Saturday morning in the South of Market area before fleeing on foot into a construction site and vanishing.

Police reportedly tried to stop the driver's vehicle for a traffic infraction about 1:20 a.m. when the suspect instead drove away "at a high rate of speed." Officers were advised not to pursue the vehicle, but then they heard a crash. At 6th and Folsom streets, police said, they saw that the suspect's vehicle had collided with another car and that a fire hydrant had also been knocked over.

The victim in the other car, described only as an adult male, had to be pried out of the vehicle by emergency responders, police said. Witnesses told police that the suspect driver fled the scene on foot east on Folsom Street toward 5th where he entered a 10-story building that is under construction.

Police surrounded the building and searched the area with a K-9 unit but the suspect was not found, Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.

The suspect was described by police as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old who is about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark plaid shirt and dark pants.

The victim remains in the hospital with injuries considered to be life threatening.

Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or text at TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

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