A man who was jaywalking Saturday in southeast Fresno is in critical condition after he was struck by an unidentified driver and sent flying 100 feet.
The driver who hit him left the scene.
Fresno Police Lt. Stephen Viveros said the accident happened on the eastbound lanes of Ventura Avenue between Fourth and Seventh streets.
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Viveros said it appears a white SUV may have been traveling at the posted speed limit of 35 mph when it struck the man just before 2 p.m. Saturday.
The pedestrian, who is 54, landed in the middle of the east and west lanes. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and underwent surgery. Viveros said the man suffered significant injuries to his head and body.
Police were canvassing the area for surveillance video. Viveros said police are confident they will track down the SUV and driver due to the number of businesses in the area.
“The driver knew he struck somebody. We don’t know why he left the scene,” Viveros said.
Pedestrians are reminded to look both ways before crossing the street and to use marked crosswalks. Viveros said it helps to make eye contact with drivers to ensure safety at crosswalks.
Saturday’s incident was the latest in a string of vehicle and pedestrian accidents in Fresno. Fresno police said 35 people have been killed on Fresno streets this year.