Police are hot on the trail of a hit and run driver who crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by an off duty officer late Thursday night in San Diego.

According to accident reports, the officer was making his way home from the Mid-City police substation at around midnight in his 2009 Ford Mustang GT when he came to a stop at a red light at the intersection of Fairmont and Orange streets.

While waiting at the light, he glanced up at his rear view mirror and noticed a vehicle speeding directly towards him. He attempted to dodge the oncoming car but was ultimately unsuccessful and the speeding car, identified has a late-model silver Honda crashed into the right rear section of the officer’s car.

After the collision, the unidentified driver sped away, heading eastbound on Orange Street before disappearing into the night.

The off duty officer was not hurt in the crash, and the damage sustained by his Mustang was largely contained to the rear bumper and taillight.

The San Diego Police Department is still on the lookout for vehicle responsible for the accident, which will likely feature damage to the front left portion of its fender.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of this hit and run driver is being encouraged to contact the SDPD as soon as possible to assist in the investigation.

While the reason for the accident is still unknown, the most likely causes are driving under the influence or distracted driving, most evidenced by the driver’s unwillingness to stop after the crash.

The best way to turn an unfortunate fender bender into a serious case with a heavy punishment is to drive away from the scene of the crash. If you have been involved in an accident, you must stay at the scene, lest you face heavy punishment.

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