Police seek suspect in hit-and-run, man hospitalized


Columbia Heights police are looking for the driver who took off after hitting a pedestrian early Friday morning, according to a press release.

The Patch reports a nearby Fridley police officer responded to the intersection of Central Avenue NE and 53rd Avenue NE at 1:53 a.m. after he heard loud screaming. The officer found the victim lying in the middle of the road and began first aid.

The 35-year-old man from Brooklyn Park was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center with serious, but likely non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police that southbound traffic on Central Avenue had a green light when the man tried to pass through the crosswalk despite the "Do Not Walk" signal.

A vehicle hit the man, didn't stop and fled south on Central.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white or silver car. No other descriptions of the vehicle or driver were available.

Anyone with the information is asked to call the Anoka County Sheriff's Office or Columbia Heights Police at (763) 427-1212.

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