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Benton Street near Garden Grove Boulevard is seen in this image taken from Google Maps.

Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fled after striking a pedestrian and crashing into a building in Garden Grove Monday night.

The incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Benton Street (map) when a man was struck by a white 2000 Ford Excursion that left the roadway, the Garden Grove Police Department stated in a news release.

The pedestrian was knocked several feet in the air as the SUV continued across the sidewalk and crashed into a building, which had to be “red tagged” due to the damage, according to the Police Department.

The pedestrian was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, the news release stated.

The driver, described as a black man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, fled south on Benton Street before police and fire crews arrived, the Police Department stated.

The driver’s age was unknown.

Investigators learned the SUV had been stolen earlier but had not been reported to police at the time of the crash, according to the news release.