Local Man Struck By Car Undergoes Emergency Surgery

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WACO (July 7, 2013)--Waco police were looking Sunday for the driver of a red Pontiac Grand Am who they believe was involved in an incident in the downtown area after the Fourth on the Brazos celebration Thursday night that left another man with serious injuries.

Alex Chapa III was at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Friday after he suffered what Waco police Officer Steve Anderson called life-threatening injuries when a car struck him as he walked toward the scene of a crash he had witnessed.

A family member confirmed Sunday that Chapa had emergency surgery Saturday to relieve pressure on his brain.

Police were sent at around 11 p.m. Thursday to the intersection of South 2nd Street and Webster Avenue where a caller reported the hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident.

Anderson said the driver of the Grand Am and the driver of a black Dodge Challenger got into an argument and at one point the driver of the Pontiac intentionally rammed the Challenger, a witness told police.

Chapa was in another car nearby and when he saw the crash he got out of his car and then was struck by the Grand Am, Anderson said.

The force of the crash knocked Chapa onto the hood of the car and then he fell to the pavement, a witness told police.

Chapa lay on the pavement unconscious for a short time, but had regained consciousness awakened by the time first responders arrived, Anderson said.

The driver of the Pontiac left the scene, Anderson said.

Police are looking for a red 2000s model Pontiac Grand Am with damage to the right side including possible black paint transfer from the Challenger and a broken right side taillight lens, Anderson said.

The driver was white, about 5-foot-10 and had brown hair and goatee, Anderson said.

He was accompanied by a black woman in her early 20s, Anderson said.