San Diego

Police Find Station Wagon Linked to OB Hit-and-Run

"I felt for five seconds I was dying," said the victim of a hit-and-run crash in Ocean Beach

San Diego police on Thursday released a photo of the car similar to the one involved in an Ocean Beach hit-and-run last week that left a man with major injuries. A day later, the station wagon in question had been found. 

Just after midnight on April 9, police said Julio Vazquez, 26, was hit after he stopped to help another motorist whose car stalled on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

The crash left Vazquez with a broken leg and a broken rib.

"This guy didn't care about another human being," he said. "I could have died."

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said Thursday the hit-and-run driver was driving a 1998 or 1999 Subaru Outback Legacy wagon that would likely have right front-end damage, including to the grill, fog lamp and passenger-side mirror.

The day after releasing a description of the vehicle and offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest, SDPD said the station wagon was located less than two miles from the hit-and-run. 

Police said, while they had located the vehicle, the driver has not been found. 

They’re hoping anyone who knows something or might have seen something that day will come forward.

Vazquez said the car plowed through him quickly and the next thing he knew he was on the ground thinking about his wife and two kids, who were still in the car.

"I see blood everywhere, losing my vision, losing air," he said. "And I was like, just taking, taking a last picture of my family, seeing my two kids in the backseat. My wife crying really bad, my daughter started crying, and I felt for five seconds I was dying."

San Diego Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for tips leading the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information was urged to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division at (858) 580-8477 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

"If that guy or girl would have stopped, that would be a different story," Vazquez said.

Vazquez's brother has set up a GoFundMe to help off-set Vazquez's medical costs.

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