A hit-and-run driver who struck and dragged a 3-year-old boy in a Highland strip mall parking lot, leaving the child in critical condition, is the subject of a police investigation that is continuing Monday.
The crash occurred about 5:20 p.m. Saturday at Del Rosa Avenue and Baseline Street, the Highland Police Department said in a news release Sunday.
The child was crossing the parking lot when he was struck by a pickup truck, became lodged under its wheel and was dragged.
“The driver backed off the boy and drove away,” the release stated.
On Monday, police released surveillance video still images from a nearby liquor store showing a man believed to be the driver.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rude said the boy was in critical condition but improving Monday afternoon.
The vehicle was described by witnesses as a maroon or burgundy Ford F-150 from the late 1990s. The truck’s bed had board side wall and was carrying landscaping equipment, witnesses told police.
The driver was a Hispanic man, 40 to 50 years old, with facial hair, police said.