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El Sereno - Los Angeles police were searching today for a hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously hurt a 75-year-old pedestrian.

The man was struck about 6:50 p.m. Thursday as he was crossing Bullard Avenue near Alhambra Avenue, according to Officer William Cooper of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver got out of his vehicle but then got back in and fled the scene, the LAPD reported. The suspect then headed westbound on Alhambra Avenue from Bullard Avenue.

The driver is described as a Latino man between the ages of 30 and 40 who was wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. His vehicle was described as a 2000-2010 white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with power washing equipment in the back, Cooper said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department took the victim, identified as El Sereno resident Guillermo Antonio Cartagena, to a hospital, according to Cooper. He was reported in critical condition but stable, police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detective Juan Campos at (213) 833-3713 or 31480@lapd.online. The public can also call the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746.

Update: Oscar Garifas Suarez turned himself in Saturday morning to officers at the LAPD Hollenbeck Division Station, said Detective Campos. Suarez was booked for 20001(a) of the California Vehicle Code: Felony Hit and Run and he was also arrested for warrants, Campos said. He is currently be held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on bail of $28,340.


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