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Hit-and-run caught on tape; Buena Park police looking for driver

June 12, 2012 | 10:47 am

Buena Park police were looking Tuesday for the driver of a car they believe intentionally struck a pedestrian this weekend in a hit-and-run caught on tape.

The 20-year-old man and his brother were in a crosswalk at the intersection of Campus Drive and Orangethorpe Avenue about 1 p.m. Saturday when the car struck the man, said Cpl. Andy Luong of the Buena Park Police Department.

The car, believed to be a gold Mitsubishi Galant with tinted windows, sped off without stopping, Luong said.

Police were called to the scene, and paramedics took the victim to UCI Medical Center, where he was treated for lacerations and released.

"He was really lucky," Luong said.

After speaking to witnesses and looking at surveillance video from a nearby apartment, investigators believe the driver of the car hit the victim on purpose.

"We don't have any leads on what the motive is right now, but we can surmise that it's more than just a hit-and-run," he said. "They were targeted."

Police are looking for the man who was driving the car and a female passenger, but a detailed description was not immediately available. Investigators were re-interviewing the victim and his brother, who previously said they didn't know who the suspects were, Luong said.

They're also looking for the vehicle, which had windshield damage after the incident, Luong said.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call the Orange County Crime Stoppers tip line at (855) 847-6227.

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