HERMISTON - A Hermiston man ended up in the hospital after a car struck him as he walked along the road early Sunday morning.

Witnesses said Cesar Medel Estrada, 28, was walking on the gravel shoulder of East Elm Avenue at about 2:55 a.m. when he was hit by a red 1990 Honda Accord, driven by David Johnson, 19.

Estrada was taken by ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital and later taken by Life-Flight air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he remains in serious condition.

Johnson, of Hermiston, was arrested under suspicion of driving while under the influence of intoxicants. The Hermiston Police Department also cited him with driving in a reckless manner.

Olice said Johnson admitted he was traveling in excess of 50 mph in a marked 40 mph zone and had allegedly used marijuana sometime earlier. Johnson was arrested for DUII, second-degree assault, reckless driving and driving without insurance.

Police reported his blood alcohol level was .04 percent.

The extent of Estrada's injuries are unknown at this time. The accident investigation is continuing.

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