A man and woman are now considered persons of interest in a hit-and-run crash in Pacific Beach that left three men seriously injured – victims that may have had a run-in with the pair moments before the crash.
On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) released a photograph of two persons of interest sought in the Aug. 5 hit-and-run. At around 1:09 a.m. that morning, police said a silver four-door sedan traveling eastbound in the 900 block of Garnet Avenue struck three men who were crossing the busy street.
The driver fled the scene.
One of the victims injured in the hit-and-run was J’Ron Erby, 23, a recent college graduate and intern for the San Diego Chargers. Erby was out that night celebrating a friend’s birthday. The hit-and-run landed him in the hospital with skull fractures and brain trauma, his father told NBC 7.
“We're just asking for, you know, whoever did this to just take a look in the mirror. If it were my son, he would do the right thing. Ee taught him and raised him right,” Erby’s father Lee said.
Police said all three pedestrians were hospitalized with various injuries ranging from lacerations and fractures to brain injuries.
According to investigators, the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was likely a newer model Hyundai Elantra with stock brushed aluminum wheels. The vehicle may have sustained damage to its front-end in the collision, including its grill, hood and windshield. Earlier this month, investigators released a short surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle fleeing the scene of the crash.
Investigators said Wednesday that after conducting follow-up interviews, police learned that the three victims were involved in some sort of dispute with a man and woman a few minutes before they were hit by the car.
At this point, the police department said the man and woman are considered persons of interest.
Police said the man is described as being in his 20s, with long hair pulled into a bun. The woman is also in her 20s, with long hair, and wore a light-colored sleeveless top and dark pants in the photo released by the SDPD.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the SDPD’s Traffic Division at (858) 495-7813 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Crime stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for anyone with information.