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* Possible Hit and Run Victim with Serious Injuries Found on Freeway 980 Off Ramp in Oakland

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A severely injured pedestrian was found lying at the bottom of an off-ramp from westbound Interstate Highway 980 in Oakland Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. He is believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run. The victim, described only as a young man or older male juvenile, is now in stable condition and being treated for a head injury and several broken bones at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said. Highland doctors expect he will to survive, Caggiano said. The pedestrian has not yet been identified or interviewed by authorities because he has been receiving treatment, Caggiano said. The initial call to CHP at 11:20 p.m. Sunday was from a passerby who had already flagged down members of the Oakland Fire Department to help the injured person, Caggiano said. That caller originally believed the victim to be dead, and was calling to report a found body, Caggiano said. Oakland Fire officials were loading the victim into an ambulance when CHP officers arrived, Caggiano
said. There was no evidence at the scene, but the victim’s injuries seem to be consistent with a hit-and-run, Caggiano said. The incident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol’s Oakland office, Caggiano said.

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