A man is hospitalized with major injuries after being hit by a vehicle while hitchhiking along the freeway over the weekend.
The California Highway Patrol says it happened just after 9:00 p.m. Saturday on Highway 178, just east of Morning Drive.
The hitchhiker, identified as David Crum Jr., 19, was hospitalized in Intensive Care Unit, according to family. Crum’s mother says her son was trying to hitchhike from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella, walking along the side of the road with a friend.
California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. A light-colored vehicle fled eastbound after the crash.
If you have information, call CHP at 835-5247.
No other information was immediately available.