A man in a wheelchair was struck by a car in a hit and run on University Avenue Saturday morning. The suspect in the felony incident is still at large, according to police.
Police received a call at 4:35 a.m. on June 1 from a witness who said that a hit and run had taken place in the 1300 block of University Avenue, according to a police press release.
When officers arrived on scene, a man described as a Palo Alto resident in his fifties was lying in the grass near the sidewalk. His broken wheelchair and personal belongings were "strewn about the area," the press release stated.
He was taken to a local hospital, and as of Wednesday morning, his injuries were not life-threatening.
The man had been traveling westbound on University Avenue near the shoulder of the road. The car, heading in the same direction on University, struck him from behind. A witness reported that the suspect driving the car immediately fled the scene at a "high rate of speed" and continued westbound down University.
The fleeing vehicle was a white Toyota Yaris between the model years of 2007 and 2011 and the driver was male. The front passenger side corner of the car will be damaged.
Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the suspect and/or suspect vehicle. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Palo Alto police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.