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Pedestrian seriously hurt in Santa Rosa hit-and-run; driver arrested

A man hit by a car while walking across Guerneville Road early Sunday suffered life-threatening injuries, the victim of a hit-and-run driver, reported Santa Rosa police Sunday.

Sunday's victim, Robert Brian Mckee, 49, of Redwood Valley, is the third pedestrian in three weeks to be hit by a car in Santa Rosa and suffer fatal or near-fatal injuries.

Two pedestrians died in October after being struck while walking in crosswalks.

Mckee on Sunday evening remained in intensive care at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. His injuries, which included a broken spine, legs and head trauma, remained life-threatening, Sgt. Rich Celli said.

Officers arrested a suspect within 15 minutes of the 12:20 a.m. crash.

The driver was stopped just blocks from the scene in a vehicle with severe front end, windshield and hood damage.

Police believe suspect driver Christian Pena Ballesteros, 30, of Santa Rosa was drunk at the time of the crash, Celli said.

Sunday's collision was reported by a 911 caller who only heard the crash, the traffic sergeant said.

Arriving officers got to the intersection of Guerneville Road and Coffey Lane, a well lit intersection, and didn't immediately find the injured man, Celli said.

Mckee, who wore dark clothing, was found by firefighters. He'd been thrown up against a curb of Guerneville Road.


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