A vehicle believed to be the “party bus” that dragged a man more than 200 feet, leaving him clinging to life, was located Monday and the owner was cooperating with law enforcement, according to sheriff’s officials.
The 26-year-old man suffered major injuries on Saturday morning when he was hit by a bus whose driver did not remain at the scene. Deputy Mike Barazza said it is not known if the owner was behind the wheel when the collision occurred, but he is cooperating with the investigation.
The bus is being held as evidence in a tow yard, Barazza said.
The victim, identified by family members as Efren Virgen Jr. of Norwalk, was walking on Fairford Avenue south of Ratliffe Street about 2:30 a.m. when he was hit by the southbound vehicle.
He remains hospitalized in critical condition. His family told CBS2 that he was in a coma and hooked up to life support machines.
The vehicle that struck him was described as a black party bus, the type that “is rented out by groups for special events,” said sheriff’s Detective Carl Anna.
A witness said the bus, which had flashing interior neon lights and loud music playing inside, turned west onto Foster Road and out of view, the detective said.
— City News Service