A San Diego police officer struck a pedestrian with a patrol car in Point Loma Wednesday night, police confirmed.
The accident happened around 9:20 p.m. in the 4500 block of Nimitz Boulevard. Upon impact, the pedestrian rolled onto the windshield of the police car, shattering the glass.
The officer driving the patrol car told investigators the injured man stepped into traffic moments before the crash. The pedestrian was suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the accident, police said.
Medics were requested for the injured man, who went down on the roadway following the collision. The patient was transported to UCSD Medical Center, police said.
He was described as a man in his 20s. Officers said he suffered multiple leg, face and skull fractures. Officials later confirmed the man’s injuries were considered to be life-threatening.
Investigators say a second officer saw the same man acting "oddly" prior to the accident.
Police temporarily blocked off traffic on Nimitz Boulevard at West Point Loma Boulevard. The police officer involved in the collision was not injured and the incident is under investigation.
On Monday, friends and family identified the victim in this collision as 20-year-old Ryan Meyer (pictured below).
According to loved ones, Meyer is still recovering from the accident at a local hospital, receiving daily visits from friends and family members.
Loved ones said Meyer’s injuries from being struck by the patrol car were severe, and he’s had several surgeries since the accident.
“He is awake now and is able to identify his family members, like his mother, father, his brothers and his younger sister,” a loved one told NBC 7. “The family's Christmas present this year is having their son alive."