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December 11, 2013
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Hit-and-run driver strikes homeless person going to Grass Valley Salvation Army shelter

A homeless man on his way to the Salvation Army shelter was struck by a truck Tuesday afternoon, which reportedly then left the scene.

The man did not initially report being hit, but shelter staff called law enforcement at about 5:44 p.m. after he complained of chest pain, according to dispatch reports.

The victim had been walking on the shoulder in the 10000 block of Alta Street when he was struck by a black, full-size pickup truck or SUV, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.

“We have very little information,” Tassone said, urging anyone who might have witnessed the accident or who has information to call the CHP office at 477-4900.

The truck might be missing its right-side mirror, according to dispatch reports.

“We’ve had a number of vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions recently — four so far,” Tassone said, adding that because of the recent snowstorm, people are walking on the edges of local roadways, which are narrower right now, again due to the ice and snow.

"Just be cautious and aware.”

The homeless man, who was not identified, was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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