Pedestrian critical after being hit by car

January 8, 2009 12:55:28 PM PST
A 51-year-old man is in critical condition today after being struck in San Mateo Wednesday night by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs, a police lieutenant said.

Witnesses reported seeing the driver, 57-year-old Pacifica resident Louis James Henry, make an unsafe maneuver around 9:30 p.m. at West 39th Avenue and Edison Street, where the victim was in a crosswalk, San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi said.

The victim was taken to a hospital with major head trauma, Brunicardi said.

Henry remained at the scene and was allegedly found to be under the influence of an unidentified drug, Brunicardi said.

Henry was booked into San Mateo County Jail for driving under the influence and reckless driving, both felony charges, Brunicardi said.

Anyone who may have seen the crash is asked to call the Police Department (650) 522-7650. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the tip line at (650) 522-7676.