Police are looking for a hit an run driver who seriously injured an 83-year-old Cathedral City man Tuesday night in the Windy Point area.
According to Officer Mike Radford with the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened just before 6 p.m. on northbound Highway 111, south of Overture Drive.
Carlos Manzano’s Kia Rio became disabled in the left lane when he and his female passenger got out of the car to push it from behind. A few minutes later, a vehicle approaching from behind struck Manzano as well as the left rear and left side of his car, Radford said in a release.
Manzano suffered major injuries in the collision and was rushed to Desert Regional Medical Center.
Officers said the suspect’s vehicle was described as a small, possibly tan, newer looking vehicle. It should have damage to the right front and/or right side. Anyone with information about the hit and run should call the Indio CHP Office at (760) 772-8911 and ask for Officer Martinez.
Highway 111 was closed temporarily while emergency crews were on scene.
The hit and run comes as the Cathedral City Police Department hopes to crack down on pedestrians being hit in the roadway.
In the upcoming months, the department will add two motorcycle officers to patrol the streets and crack down on traffic enforcement, hoping to reduce pedestrian and bicycle related violations.