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Steven Bauer hits, critically injures pedestrian, authorities say [Updated]

September 18, 2010 |  5:32 pm

Actor Steven Bauer was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that struck and critically injured a pedestrian in Malibu on Friday, authorities said. [Updated at 6 a.m. Sunday: The Sheriff's Department now says that the driver was named Steven Bauer but was not in fact the TV and movie actor of the same name.]

The motorist was driving eastbound on the 19200 block of Pacific Coast Highway when he hit 24-year-old Brent Rosenberg about 6 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Joyce of the Malibu/Lost Hills station.

Rosenberg was crossing the street from his parked car on the north side of the highway toward his home on the other side. He paused at the median and one car stopped for him, but when he stepped farther into traffic he was hit by Bauer’s Toyota RAV4.

Rosenberg suffered major trauma in the crash and was evacuated by helicopter to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

The accident is still under investigation but there is no indication alcohol or excessive speed were involved, Joyce said.

-- Tony Barboza