HAYWARD

Hit-and-run victim still in critical condition

A 31-year-old woman thrown more than 100 feet in a hit-and-run crash in Hayward this week remained in critical condition on Friday, police said.

Officers were called at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday to the southbound lanes of Hesperian Boulevard near Tahoe Avenue for a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, said Sgt. Chad Olthoff. When police arrived, they found the woman unconscious in the roadway.

The woman, police said, was walking west on Hesperian in a crosswalk when she was hit by a car traveling south on Hesperian Boulevard. The impact, Olthoff said, threw the woman 112 feet.

She was taken to a hospital where she underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, police said. As of Friday, she remained in critical condition, Olthoff said.

After the crash, Ormsby said, the car did not stop. The car was described as a black, newer model sporty-looking sedan.

As of Friday no arrests had been made.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 510-293-7034.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

Campolindo High wins Academic Decathlon

A team of students from Campolindo High in Moraga has won the regional East Bay Academic Decathlon for the third year in a row. The Contra Costa County Office of Education, which sponsors the annual contest, announced the victory for Campolindo's "red" team Thursday. Dublin High, which finished fifth overall, had the top-scoring team from Alameda County. Both teams will represent their counties in the state Academic Decathlon next month in Sacramento. Twelve teams from 11 schools participated, with Campolindo fielding two teams. Individual team members received the following awards: Top scoring individual, varsity -- Vikram Bhaduri, Campolindo red; Top scoring individual, scholastic -- Daylon Srinivasan, Acalanes; Top scoring individual, honor -- Marina Han, Campolindo red. Complete results are at www.cocoschools.org under "Spotlight."

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

PLEASANTON

No charges in beating case, prosecutor says

Citing a "lack of sufficient evidence," the Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced Friday that it will not pursue criminal charges in an attack against a 51-year-old Pleasanton man last year that left him in a coma.

David Lamont was found shortly after midnight on Sept. 21 after he went to investigate loud noises coming from a field near his home at the end of Middleton Place.

Police said Lamont was involved in an argument with a group of teenagers who had congregated in the field; when his wife went outside to check on him, she found him on the ground, severely beaten, breathing but unconscious.

He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

The father of two could not speak for at least three months as he lay connected to a ventilator and feeding tube.

Police interviewed four teenagers as persons of interest -- all were at the scene Sept. 20 -- but did not make any arrests. The case was put on hold until Lamont had recovered enough to be interviewed.

A statement from Pleasanton police said that prosecutors cited "lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed" in choosing not to file charges. A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office declined to comment further on the case.

Reached Friday, Lamont said the "decision is not ours" but declined to elaborate. He said the family was grateful for the outpouring of support and "focused on healing."

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

Oakland

Man wounded in West Oakland gunbattle

An apparent shootout between the occupants of two vehicles left one man wounded Friday in West Oakland, police said.

The shooting occurred at 11:45 a.m. at 12th and Willow streets, police said. It was not immediately clear if the wounded man was involved in the gunbattle or just walking by and hit by a stray bullet.

The victim was brought to a hospital at 12:06 p.m. by a friend and was undergoing surgery Friday afternoon, according to police.

Authorities received reports of a car and a van shooting at each other, but the suspects were gone by the time officers arrived on scene. Shell casings were found in the area, known for gang activity.

-- Harry Harris, Staff