Police search for van driver who hit elderly man on scooter

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police officers are searching for a van driver who hit a man riding an electric scooter Saturday morning.

According to police, a person driving a white conversion van was exiting a private drive near 38th Avenue and Indian School Road Saturday at 11:45 a.m. when the vehicle hit an 89-year-old man riding a red electric scooter on the sidewalk.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man hit the ground and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Thompson said the van left eastbound at a high rate of speed and turned southbound onto 38th Avenue.

According to Thompson, the suspect vehicle should have frontal damage and possibly red paint on it.

Anyone who may have seen this incident or has any information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.