What appeared to be a hit-and-run crash in which a pedestrian was struck by a car Wednesday on West College Avenue may actually have been an intentional gang-related assault, police said.
Companions of the 19-year-old man who was hit and injured drove him to a West Ninth Street neighborhood where they pushed him from their car and drove away, leaving him bloodied in the street, police said.
The incident unfolded about 4 p.m. at West College Avenue near Stony Point Road, where several people crossing the street on foot exchanged words with others in an SUV, police said.
The people in the SUV turned around and drove "directly at the group, and then they ended up striking the one individual," police Sgt. Ray Navarro said.
The pedestrians gathered him up and climbed into a dark sedan, possibly a Cadillac, drove him to West Ninth near Saracen Road and left him in the street, police said.
He was later taken to a local hospital and admitted for treatment of serious injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Navarro said.
The victim's name has not been released because of the possibility he was targeted as a gang associate.
The vehicle was described as an older model brown or tan SUV with oxidized paint.
Anyone with information about the encounter is asked to call police Det. Kyle Philp at 543-4074 or the Gang Crimes Team at 543-3670.