Accused carjacker flees with owner ‘screaming’ on hood of car, California police say

An accused carjacker crashed into a Coronado toll plaza with the owner clinging to the hood of his stolen car, California police say.

911 callers reported a man “screaming” on the hood of a moving sedan at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, June 11, in the island community off San Diego, Coronado police said in a news release. .

Shortly after, police were told the car had crashed into a toll plaza, sending the man flying, police said. The driver and passenger fled.

Officers found the 33-year-old man, identified as the owner of the car, on the sidewalk next to the wreckage with life-threatening injuries, police said. He was taken to hospital.

The accused 18-year-old driver and a teenage girl were found and arrested a short distance away, police said.

The accused driver faces charges including being under the influence of drugs and alcohol, theft of vehicle, hit and run and attempted murder, police said. Further charges are pending.

Coronado is a city of nearly 19,000 people located about 8 miles southwest of San Diego.

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