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80-Year Old Man Dies in Hit-and-Run in National City

An 80-year old man struck in a hit-and-run collision in National City has died from his injuries.

The incident occurred at 6:57 p.m. Monday at 4th and V avenues, National City police said.

The man was crossing the street in front of his home when a dark colored sedan hit him, police said. The driver of the car did not stop.

"He was thrown into a parked vehicle about roughly 20 feet," Sgt. Dennis Leach said. "It would be tough for a 20-year-old to survive that kind of crash, let alone an 80-year-old."

A friend of the victim said the man was out walking his dogs when he was struck.

The friend said he heard a loud noise, walked outside of the home and the victim's dogs ran back inside the house.

Early Tuesday, NBC 7 learned the man died from his injuries.

The victim had been a part of the neighborhood for years and was often seen out walking his dogs, according to neighbors.

Investigators were looking for a 1997-1999 black, Toyota Camry that's believed to have damage to the front end and windshield.

Officers hope surveillance video from around the area including Paradise Valley Hospital will lead them to the driver who fled the scene.

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