Unidentified pedestrian struck by vehicle, patrol car

APPLE VALLEY • An unidentified man stepped into the path of a vehicle traveling east on Highway 18 and then was immediately struck again by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol car, authorities said.

Investigators are now asking for help in identifying the man.

Robert Squire was traveling east on Highway 18 in his 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant Sunday night followed by an Apple Valley station patrol vehicle, according to sheriff’s officials. A man stepped directly in front of Squire’s vehicle and was struck, sending the man flying into the air. He was then struck by the Apple Valley unit.

Both Squire and the deputy stopped immediately to help the man and called for rescuers.

The man was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and his condition was unknown.

The man had no identification with him and is being referred to as John Doe. He is described as an adult Hispanic man.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may know who the man is asked to contact Deputy Brian Zierdt at the Apple Valley station at (760) 240-7400 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.

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