The victim, 19-year-old Man Lai Leung, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, police said. He was still in the intensive care unit the next morning, but is expected to recover.
Police said the unnamed driver of the eastbound 1970s Chevy pickup truck is a 53-year-old man who was apparently not intoxicated or deranged. At around 2:42 p.m., he veered off California Street near Rengstorff Avenue, jumped the curb and cut across the lawn of an apartment complex at 1821 California St. before smashing through the wooden fence of the neighboring complex at 1825 California. Four parked cars were damaged before the 4,000-pound truck finally came to rest in a parking lot.
Leung was unloading groceries from his Honda Accord when he was struck and pinned against his car as it was pushed several yards. He had family or friends nearby who came to his aid, according to police officers who were on the scene.
On Thursday evening, shocked neighbors continued to stand around the scene of the incident. A day later police had yet to find a reason to arrest the driver of the truck, because tests showed he was not under the influence of alcohol, nor did he appear to be under the influence of drugs, which blood tests will confirm in a few weeks.
"We have to have a reason to arrest him," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. "Maybe he had a medical issue — a blackout or heart problem. It is still being investigated."