Two men were seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in downtown Modesto on Friday morning.
The men were in a van traveling north on 14th Street when it was hit by an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe that witnesses said ran a red light at K Street, according to Modesto police Lt. Brian Findlen.
The impact pushed the van onto the sidewalk, where it landed on its left side against a building on the northeast corner of the intersection. The Tahoe came to rest behind it in the street.
Paint cans and painting material, along with other contents of the van, were strewn in the sidewalk and street.
The driver of the Tahoe, Anthony Katich, 45, got out of the Tahoe and ran from the scene, Findlen said.
Meanwhile the driver of the van, Robert Southerland, 60, and passenger Robert Delfino, 42, remained trapped inside.
Modesto Regional Fire Authority crews had to use a prying device to remove portions of the vans roof and free the two.
Both were taken to the hospital with severe injuries; Southerland possibly has a broken neck and other broken bones and Delfino a punctured lung.
Using paperwork inside the Tahoe, officers identified Katich and phoned him.
Findlen said Katich admitted to running from the scene because he was driving on a suspended license and was out on bail for a domestic violence charge. Katich agreed to meet police at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Coffee Road and surrender.
He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run, Findlen said.
A family dog inside the van fled the crash scene but was located a few hours later.