SAN JOSE -- Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the driver of a car that struck a pedestrian and sped away Wednesday morning, leaving the man in the roadway to be hit by a second car.
The victim, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene near Alum Rock and Jackson avenues around 6:15 a.m. An official at the Santa Clara County coroner's office said he appears to be a transient.
The car that first hit the man is described only as a dark-colored sedan.
"We don't have a lot to go off," said San Jose police Officer Albert Morales. "We can't even pinpoint the make of the vehicle."
Morales said they hope someone will see a car with recent front-end damage or have other knowledge about the crash.
"The driver might tell a friend, who will tell another friend who might tell us," Morales said. "Some people brag about things for some reason."
The driver of the second car who hit the victim immediately stopped and has cooperated with police. The man was about 30 feet from a crosswalk, police said, and had just crossed the median on Alum Rock when he was struck.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the police department's traffic unit at 408-277-4654. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.