Police search for hit and run driver after man struck twice

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A man was rushed to the hospital after being struck by two cars Tuesday night in east Charlotte.

Police said 59-year-old Donnis Patterson was crossing Central Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when a Ford Explorer driven by Marva Bradley struck him.

After initially being hit by the SUV, another vehicle -- possibly a Nissan Sentra -- then struck Patterson as well. The second vehicle did not stop. Police said Patterson was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Paramedics took Patterson to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in critical condition early Wednesday morning.

Police said Bradley was not speeding nor drinking but that it was unknown if alcohol was a contributing factor on the part of Patterson and the hit and run driver.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video in an attempt to identify the hit and run vehicle. The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is aked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.