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UPDATE: CHP still looking for hit-and-run driver after crash

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. The driver in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday just south of Cambria is still being sought, the CHP said Tuesday.

The driver of a northbound 1987 Toyota pickup fled on foot after veering into the southbound lanes and colliding with a southbound 2006 Toyota Camry with two occupants.

The only description given was of a Hispanic male in his mid-30s. The truck is registered in Cambria.

Original story: A hit-and-run driver eluded authorities after a head-on crash Sunday south of Cambria sent two people to the hospital, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

Cambria residents Ramon de Alba, owner of Creekside Gardens Restaurant, and Gustavo de Alba were injured in the crash near Monte Cristo Lane and taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

By Monday, both men had been released from the hospital. Restaurant staff members and a member of Ramon de Alba’s family said both men were doing fairly well.

They were riding in a 2006 Toyota Camry when it collided with a 1987 Toyota pickup on Highway 1 about 1.5 miles south of Cambria about 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Details on how the crash happened were not yet available from the CHP on Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews called in the search-and-rescue team and CHP helicopter to help track the truck’s driver, who fled from the scene, according to CHP Officer Bill Irons.

Searchers were unable to find the driver, who could face misdemeanor or felony hit-and-run charges, Irons said, depending on the severity of injuries others suffered in the accident.

Anyone with details about the crash is asked to call the CHP at 434-1822 or a 24-hour CrimeStoppers hotline at 549-STOP (7867). In either case, information may be submitted anonymously.

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