California Highway Patrol investigators Monday were seeking the public’s help identifying two motorists who ran over a 25-year-old man in Lakeland Village, nearly killing him, then fleeing the scene.
The hit-and-run occurred about 6:25 a.m. Friday on Grand Avenue, just north of Church Hill Street, according to the CHP.
Officer Mike Lassig said the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was lying in the northbound lane on Grand when he was struck. It was unclear why the man was in the roadway.
A motorist at the wheel of a black sedan approached at an undetermined speed and ran over the victim, continuing northbound without stopping, according to Lassig.
Several vehicles came to a halt on both sides of the corridor after the hit-and-run, and among them was a white Toyota 4Runner in the southbound lane, Lassig said.
“The party (in the Toyota) made a U-turn into the northbound traffic lane, causing the Toyota to travel over the (victim) while he was still lying in the roadway,” Lassig said.
Other motorists called 911, and Riverside County Fire Department paramedics reached the location within minutes, rendering life-saving aid to the pedestrian, who was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar in critical condition, the CHP spokesman said.
It was unclear Monday whether the man would survive.
Anyone with information about either driver or vehicle was urged to contact the Temecula CHP office at 951-506-2000.