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CHP Calls on Community for Help Solving Hit-and-Run

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help from the public tracking down a driver who hit a pedestrian in El Cajon and left him in the roadway with serious injuries.

Alvaro Escobar, 48, has been recovering at Sharp Memorial Hospital since Sunday night. He underwent surgery on his broken left leg Wednesday.

Family members told NBC 7 Escobar is confused and in a lot of pain. They’re confused, too, left wondering whether he'll make a full recovery and if the driver responsible will walk free.

"My mom is just hysterical,” Escobar’s step daughter Selena Lemus said. “She doesn't know how someone could do that and just leave."

But that’s exactly what witnesses told investigating officers happened. Escobar was hit as he crossed Greenfield Drive feet away from his front porch. He was not in a crosswalk.

"The car just hit him and kept going, didn't stop,” Lemus added. “All the witnesses said he just kept going.

CHP investigators know only that the car that hit him was gray. They know that because the side mirror broke off.

Lemus and the rest of Escobar’s family want justice.

“That is not something humans do. It’s not something there is an excuse for,” Lemus said.

The CHP wants justice to, and is trying hard to bring it, but they need more help.

Escobar came to the U.S. 20 years ago and has worked as a landscaper for the same company ever since. The accident has been a setback in every way for his family, including financially.

"They were already living paycheck to paycheck,” Lemus said. “I don't know how they are going to be able to afford anything. My mom will have to work twice as hard."

Anyone with information on the incident can call CHP at 1-800-835-5247.

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