Hit and run leaves man in critical condition; police looking for suspect

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - West Jordan Police say the victim involved in a hit and run Friday has gone from serious to critical condition.

Police tell ABC 4 Utah they still don't know who is responsible but we do know the victim's name is Mario Cisneros from Mexico. Police say he was crossing against the crosswalk when someone hit him, took off and left him lying in the road. "We have very little evidence to go on right now. We believe it was a passenger car that struck the victim and in this type of an accident we would expect there to be front end damage, hood damage and even windshield damage on the vehicle,” said Sgt. Dan Roberts with the West Jordan Police Department.

At 1:45 Friday morning police received a phone call from a concerned person reporting they had found a man lying in the road at 7301 Jordan Landing Boulevard. That man was 25 year old Mario Cisneros. He is now in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center with multiple injuries to his head, leg and chest.

 "From the initial point of impact it looked like he could have been knocked or under carried by a vehicle almost 100 feet. So you can only imagine the kind of injuries that a person would sustain from that impact,” said Sgt. Roberts.

Cisneros barely able to talk told police he was walking to his mother’s apartment when he was struck. As for the driver who took off police say had he stopped he may not be facing criminal charges.  “When the pedestrian is not in the crosswalk it changes certain legal issues about yield to the pedestrian and so forth but still obviously the driver knew there was impact of a person in this case and should have stopped and by not stopping has committed a crime,” said Sgt. Roberts.

Police are following up with businesses in the area that may have surveillance video.  However, they are asking anyone that has information to come forward and call the West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.

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