SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An Air Force veteran was injured after being hit by a car in front of a San Jose home Sunday by a driver who immediately took off, with the incident partially captured on a home security camera.
The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. Sunday on the 1700 block of Foxworthy Ave. in the city’s Willow Glen neighborhood.
The suspect vehicle was described by witnesses as an older, light-colored, 4-door compact going westbound on Foxworthy when it hit the pedestrian, San Jose police said.
The adult male driver continued westbound on Foxworthy without stopping, police said.
The victim was identified as 27-year-old Antonio Prado, a 10-year Air Force veteran who had recently returned home from Montana where he was stationed as an MP.
Prado had just left his uncle’s house and was crossing the street to his car when he was hit. “I was in total shock and disbelief,” said his uncle. “It’s pretty devastating to see. It wasn’t good to see.”
Family members and others at the location sprang into action as soon as they saw what happened. “My neighbors came out chased him, my brother chased him, my nephews chased him, but no one could catch up to the car, because it just sped off,” Prado’s uncle said.
Prado was able to walk away from the crash with cuts and bruises and was released from the hospital at 4 a.m. Monday wanting to go to work, but family members convinced him to stay home and rest.
“A guardian angel was definitely watching over him,” said his uncle.
“Whoever did this, doesn’t have a conscience, and ultimately they need to be held accountable for what they did,” said San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. “We don’t want this guy out there. Thinking that he got away with it once, he’ll do it again. If it’s your family member, You would want this case solved. We want people to call us with any information they have.”
Prado’s uncle said he had a message for the driver: “Turn yourself in. It’d be the best way because karma will catch up to you one day.”
Anyone with information wss urged to contact the San Jose Police Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654. Anonymous tipsters can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).
Police said anyone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.