San Rafael police asking for public’s help in finding hit-and-run driver

SAN RAFAEL (KRON)—San Rafael police are asking for the public’s help in searching for a hit-and-run driver.

Officers responded to reports of a hit-and run involving a pedestrian on Sept. 26 around 9:50 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 21-year-old man unconscious.

The man is in critical condition at Marin General Hospital.

During the course of their investigation, officers found the unconscious man got into a verbal argument at a restaurant nearby.

The argument continued outside and it soon turned into a physical altercation.

The victim was punched to the ground. A separate car hit the man when he was knocked unconscious.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene, but left before police officers and firefighters arrived.

The car that hit the suspect is described as a  newer dark colored Ford Mustang.

The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He weighs about 160 pounds.

The man that punched the victim has been identified by police as 21-year-old Henry Deras Valdes of San Rafael.

Valdes has been booked into the San Mateo County Jail. He has been charged with battery for serious injury.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Rafael Police Department at (415) 485-3000.

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