Pedestrian Critically Injured, Driver Accused in Hit and Run Accident
Photo: Correll Hackett
SAN PABLO — A suspect was identified and arrested several hours after a pedestrian sustained multiple critical injuries—another unfortunate victim of a hit and run driver.
Thousands of such hit and run accidents are reported annually in California. Pedestrians account for 60 percent of hit and run injuries, and more than 700 pedestrians are killed statewide, according to data compiled by California Highway Patrol and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This time the victim, a 33-year-old man, sustained multiple injuries to his face and torso when a driver left the scene of an accident in a residential area of San Pablo on January 20.
San Pablo police officers responded at 12:58 a.m. to a report that an injured man needed help, near the intersection of Brookside Drive and 23rd Street. An officer found the victim lying in the roadway, and he was transported to hospital for medical treatment.
Investigating officers later located an unoccupied vehicle in nearby Richmond, with damage to its front end that’s consistent with what typically happens during hit and run collisions.
Upon further investigation, officers identified 19-year-old Richmond resident, Correll Hackett as the driver suspected of being responsible for the accident, which occurred in San Pablo.
Hackett was arrested on January 20 at 6:02 p.m., without further incident.
Hackett was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death or injury. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 510-215-3150, or leave an anonymous tip at 510-799-8255.