Pedestrian hospitalized after hit-and-run in East Bakersfield

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The California Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a pickup truck that struck a man in an East Bakersfield intersection and then took off. 

Matthew Sullivan, 31, was struck by the vehicle just after midnight Sunday at the intersection of Niles Street and Sterling Road, according to the CHP. 

Sullivan was taken to a local hospital with what officials described as major injuries. 

Sullivan entered the crosswalk from the northeast corner of Niles Street against a red pedestrian light, when a truck traveling westbound on Niles Street – driving through the intersection on a green light – struck him, and then drove away, CHP said. 

The driver tried to avoid Sullivan, swerving to the left, but struck him with the back right corner of the truck, CHP said. 

The truck is a “newer model Chevrolet or GMC pickup, dark colored, single cab, lowered with oversize rims and tires and should have minor damage to the right side,” according to CHP. 

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Officer David Cabrera at 661-396-6600. 

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