A car struck a Pendleton man Friday night on Highway 37 near the Cold Springs Grange.

The incident happened at about 7 p.m. about a mile-and-a-half north of Pendleton on the two-lane highway. According to the Oregon State Police log, Donald Leo Fitzpatrick, 49, of Pendleton, was assisting his wife because her vehicle had a dead battery. They parked on the side of the road. Fitzpatrick was removing a battery from his vehicle to put into hers when another vehicle traveling north hit him.

According the log entry, the vehicle continued slowly down the road but did not return to the scene. 

Fitzpatrick told troopers he thought a passenger car had hit him, while his daughter said she thought it was a white SUV. 

OSP was not able to find the suspect vehicle, which may have damage on the right front bumper.

Emergency radio discussion said Fitzpatrick may have suffered a broken leg and injuries to his shoulder. The OSP log said a Pendleton ambulance transported Fitzpatrick to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, where doctors treated and released him.

The East Oregonian wasn’t able to contact Fitzpatrick, nor was anyone avaliable this morning at the OSP office in Pendleton.

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