Authorities throughout Northern California are searching for an alleged hit-and-run driver who told his victims he had just been released from San Quentin State Prison before he ran them over.
A Best Western manager and her son were struck Saturday night by a car driven by the apparent ex-inmate in the parking lot of the motel at 6500 Redwood Drive in Rohnert Park.
According to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the man was sitting in a car for more than half an hour in the fire lane behind the motel. When the motel manager's adult son asked the man to move his car, the man said he had nowhere to go, police said. The man asked the manager if she or her son had called police and he backed his car away as though he was going to leave the parking lot, police said. Instead he accelerated and struck the manager and her son with the front of his car, police said.
The manager was knocked back by the vehicle and her son rolled over the hood of the vehicle, police said. Both were taken to a hospital where the son was treated and released but the manager remains for treatment of serious injuries, police said.
The suspect is a clean-shaven man in his late 20s or early 30s, tall with an average build and possibly has curly short brown hair, police said.
Police on Tuesday released a screen grab from surveillance video showing what they say is the suspect's car. The vehicle appears to be a 2014-2016 Toyota Camry that might have damage to the front end from striking the victims, police said.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.