BREAKING: Pedestrian critically injured by hit-and-run driver on Cedar Springs strip

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that the pedestrian was struck in the lighted crosswalk at 3900 Cedar Springs Road, at the intersection of westbound Reagan Street. According to police, the pedestrian was actually struck in the non-lighted crosswalk at 3850 Cedar Springs Road, which is at the intersection of eastbound Reagan Street.

A pedestrian crossing Cedar Springs Road was critically injured Thursday night when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver near the crosswalk at 3850 Cedar Springs Road, at the intersection of Reagan Street eastbound. There is only a painted crosswalk on the street and no traffic signals or lights at the intersection, near Thai Lotus Restaurant and the Drama Room.

Wayne Earl Priest, 55, who lives in the 2800 block of Reagan Street, was crossing Cedar Springs Road eastbound shortly after 9 p.m., according to a police report. A witness saw Priest “walking outside of the northern portion of the crosswalk by about 2 feet and then stop in the left lane near the double yellow lines.”

The witness said the suspect’s vehicle exited a private drive to the north and began traveling southbound on Cedar Springs, the report states. The front left side of the suspect’s vehicle struck the left side of Priest. The impact was so severe that it caused Priest’s shoe to fly off and strike the witness’ vehicle. Another witness told police he was “not totally certain” whether Priest was in the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

Priest was taken to Parkland hospital in critical condition. The suspect who struck Priest failed to stop and render aid or leave his information. A description of the suspect’s vehicle was not available.

UPDATE:

Lt. Scott Bratcher of the Dallas Police Department’s Traffic Division said the suspect’s vehicle is described only as a maroon four-door.

“Right now we’re looking for anybody who’s seen anything or knows anything to call our Vehicle Crimes Unit,” Bratcher said Friday afternoon. “That’s usually how we end up solving these things.”

The number for DPD’s Vehicle Crimes Unit is 214-670-5817.

Bratcher said he had no update on Priest’s condition.

—  John Wright

More Police Blotter: Drag queen steals $30 from tip jar at Subway on Cedar Springs strip

We’ll be posting our new weekly Police Blotter feature on Mondays — minus the flashing lights — but the following late addition to the reports from over the weekend was just too good not to share:

According to a police report, a man dressed as a woman entered the Subway at 3928 Cedar Springs at about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, and proceeded to order a sandwich. When an employee began making the sandwich, the suspect removed a tip jar from the counter and placed it in his purse. After the employee told the suspect to put the tip jar back, the suspect took the jar out of the purse, emptied its contents into the purse, and placed the jar back on the counter — before fleeing.

The employee told police he’s seen the suspect multiple times and that the suspect has stolen bags of chips from the business in the past. The tip jar’s contents were estimated at $30.

—  John Wright

Threat of loss of sight can be frightening, but laser surgery can be an amazing sight saver

The threat of losing sight is frightening.

That happened to me this week.

Over the weekend, I suddenly noticed something floating in front of my eyes. I began swatting at what I thought was hair. I realized it wasn’t hair.

A smoky film was swirling in front of my left eye. Add to that, hair-like floaters that were making a black kaleidoscope in front of my eye.

Monday morning, I called my optometrist. He said he would see me first thing Tuesday morning.

He dilated my eye, took a pressure test to discount glaucoma, and looked into my retina. Although he wasn’t sure what it was, he saw some fluid floating in my retina. He called a retina specialist who saw me immediately.

In the specialist’s office he confirmed the problem was with the retina and said that both retinas appeared weak but that the left retina had torn. He would repair it with laser surgery.

“Should I make an appointment?” I asked.

“Oh, no,” he said. “We’re doing it right now.”

—  David Taffet